Just some background help?

  1. TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFish Member Member

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    I was just wondering if there is a proper way to put on aquarium backgrounds?


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  2. _Fried_Bettas_

    _Fried_Bettas_ Well Known Member Member

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    I always had miscellaneous problems making those backgrounds come out right. Now I simply paint the back of all my tanks, which looks better to me anyway.
     

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    TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFish Member Member

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    It's a shame that I already filled up my tank


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  4. Claire Bear

    Claire Bear Well Known Member Member

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    Hi, I use a hot glue gun to adhere the background. I do the top first and have the hubby hold the other side-give it a minute and then just keep going until I am at his end.
    Next I glue the bottom corner where I started and the other end where he is waiting.
    I then just trim off the sides with a box knife as I never remember to do this before I place the tank-just reminded me that I will need to do something to the reef tank-maybe! :)
    Good luck! :)
     
  5. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

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    I just use tape. Lol
     
  6. Rivieraneo

    Rivieraneo Moderator Moderator Member

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    I've tried a product called sea clear, mineral oil, petroleum jelly and all have eventually failed to keep the background stuck on enough. Paint to me seems like the best option or taping the background on, though, taping wont make the background look as vibrant.
     
  7. Witchydesign

    Witchydesign Well Known Member Member

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    Mine is just a vinyl sheet, it sticks with water. Got it at petsmart. :)
     
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    TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFish Member Member

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    Yah usually soap water works with mine but it didn't this time it fell off in like four days so for now it's taped


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