How do I attach a background to an aquarium?

  1. thefishdude277

    thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

    these aren't the 3D ones, they are the standard black backgrounds
    So I wet the back of the tank (exterior) and then I attach it, so it sticks on
    But it leaves water stains and air pockets, which is ugly.
    How do I prevent this?


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  2. LeoDiaz

    LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

    Why dont u just paint ur back glass black like in my avatar?
     
  3. OP
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    thefishdude277

    thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

    I don't have luck with that :(
    It drips all over the floor


    :)
     
  4. Kasye

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    Personally, I've always just taped the edges of the background on my tanks.
     
  5. LeoDiaz

    LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

    What kind of paint are u using mine never drips.
     
  6. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    I agree, painting the back of the tank should be better and cheap :). I recently painted the back of my 20 gallon tank. I used black Acrylic Paint and I didn't have any problems with it dripping.


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  7. Gena

    Gena Well Known Member Member

    I use scotch tape. Unsophisticated but practical and minimum effort required. =D


    Background from PetSmart- Less the $10
    Scotch tape from Target- $3
    Labor time required- 5 minutes

    IMO, cheapest way possible.
     
  8. LeoDiaz

    LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

    Fine sponge roller $1
    Acrylic paint tube $.75 each
    Time depened on tank size but u can do 1 coat at time fast and let it dry.

    Bonus looks really nice no bubble or anything like a stick background.
    IMO cheapest option.
     
  9. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    I highly agree with your method, except Petco's custom cut backgrounds are cheaper, $2 per foot :D
     
  10. Geoff

    Geoff Well Known Member Member

    I used scotch tape on one of my backgrounds. For my current tank, the background is simply hanging by the canister hose suction cups.
     
  11. F

    Faye B New Member Member

    I got a plastic tablecloth at dollar store. .cut to size. ..it clings to glass. ..just a little tape on each side