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    Exclamation Do you paint the back of your tank black? If so, why?

    The 20long I'm setting up is going to get more natural light than I think it should. I've read here about painting the back glass panel black or blue. I think what I need to do is paint it.

    What kind of paint do you use? I have acrylic paint, would that work? Or would it just peel off?

    Looking for your suggestions!!

    KIm

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    I paint the back of my tanks with Acrylic paint and a foam roller from the dollar tree.

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    Well!! That's easy enough! Is the paint acrylic for painting picture or for painting a wall?

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    Either but I use the one to paint a picture

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    Painting will give you more color options, but if you want something that's easy to remove later you can do a cling-film. Your options would mainly just be black or frosted white, but they aren't too expensive and can just be peel off later.
    This is the one I used (I don't know why their company is called RabbitGoo, but their products are good):
    https://www.rabbitgoo.com/collection...31968929251443

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    LoL! RabbitGoo! What a weird name for a company! I looked at it and it sure looks interesting! I'll keep that in mind!

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    Great!! I have that!

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    Black paint probably looks the best if done right. I like a black background because it provides depth but honestly, anything covering the back of the glass is better than nothing. I really dislike seeing a really nice set up only to be distracted with cables, pictures, ugly walls, etc. in the back.

    I currently like to use black corrugated cardboard. It's really easy to simply cut it to size, hot glue some spots and that's it! Looks good and no fuss. If you would like to try that let me know, I could give you a piece for your 20g long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    Black paint probably looks the best if done right. I like a black background because it provides depth but honestly, anything covering the back of the glass is better than nothing. I really dislike seeing a really nice set up only to be distracted with cables, pictures, ugly walls, etc. in the back.

    I currently like to use black corrugated cardboard. It's really easy to simply cut it to size, hot glue some spots and that's it! Looks good and no fuss. If you would like to try that let me know, I could give you a piece for your 20g long.
    Oh, that would be great! How could you get it to me? How much would you want for the cardboard?

    Kim

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    You can just laminate black (or blue) paper and tape it in the black. I've done that and it works great.
    Last edited by PhoKingGood; 02-05-2022 at 06:34 PM.

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