How do I attach a background to an aquarium?

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

  1. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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. LeoDiazFishlore VIPMember

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

  3. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

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

  4. KasyeValued MemberMember

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

    What kind of paint are u using mine never drips.
  6. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    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. GenaWell Known MemberMember

    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. LeoDiazFishlore VIPMember

    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. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

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

    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 BNew MemberMember

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

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