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marsgnut
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PostPosted: 2005.02.24(Thu)13:51    Post subject: Aquarium background. Reply with quote

I want to paint the back of my 75 gallon tank. (on the outside of course) I have very light sand/gravel mix and I'm having a tough time deciding if I want the back to be a "deep dark" blue or black. Blue or black? Help me decide please Smile
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PostPosted: 2005.02.24(Thu)14:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

What type of tank is it gonna be?

Heavily wooded and planted I like a black background

Lightly planted the lighter colors work better.

Reef tank I'd go black shows the coral and coralline off better

Saltwater (fish only) a dark blue looks nice.

Since your painting your gonna want to get this one right the first time Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2005.02.24(Thu)14:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, actually, if I use latex paint I figured I could always take it off if I changed my mind.

It's a community tank, with a variety of small/medium sized freshwater tropicals. I'm going for a "medium density" planted appearance with a couple pieces of driftwood.

I'm just struggling as I can't find any backgrounds that I like, and I really don't know if I'm ready to "DIY" a fancy one yet.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.28(Mon)15:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

you would want a background that accents what you have in your tank. I had a black background when I housed a schol of neons and that worked well.

now I have 4 mollies and one is solid black so the black background had to go because I couldnt see my pregnant Coco.

(am I dork for naming my 4 fish. Coco, skittles, snowball, and tang)

so now I have a light blue background and it shows my fish beautifully. also remember if you paint the tank it will be backwards when you look at it from the front. so you could possibly paint what you want on either canvas, butcher paper, or posterboard cut to the size of the tank, so then it won't be backwards when you look through it.

if you put up a list of the fish in the tank, size (LxWxH) and the decor we might be able to give you better advice
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