How do I attach a background to an aquarium?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by thefishdude277, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. 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?


  2. LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

    Why dont u just paint ur back glass black like in my avatar?

  3. thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

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


  4. Kasye Valued Member Member

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

    What kind of paint are u using mine never drips.
  6. 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 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 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 Fishlore VIP Member

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

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