Painting the back of a tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by kingguppy9000, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. kingguppy9000Valued MemberMember

    Has anyone here tried this? If so what is the outcome? I painted a 10 and 55 gallon yesterday, hopefully it makes everything pop better.

  2. FreshAquariumsValued MemberMember

    my employer has painted tanks, the back and sides are black. honestly I think its a mess, you cant tell if algae is growing on it or whats happening to the glass. its just something you have to be committed to before doing.
  3. kingguppy9000Valued MemberMember

    Haha, I have other visual indicators of when and where alage is growing, mostly my twig cats and butterfly loach. I am not painting the sides just the back.
  4. FreshAquariumsValued MemberMember

    ah ok, then you should be fine. just curious what color :3
  5. sheenaleeValued MemberMember

    I have painted a couple of my tank black. I use acrylic paint. When the time comes to change it , all I do it scrap it off. It comes off easily.
  6. cichlidmanWell Known MemberMember

    I just use the walmart .99 cent cans and i have never had any issues . The black really makes fish pop. If you ever want to get rid of it it comes off pretty easy with a razor blade
  7. kingguppy9000Valued MemberMember

    Just black, I did two coats to cover everything nicely.
  8. WeepingShadesOfIndigoValued MemberMember

    I was hoping to do the back of mine, I draped a black sheet to convince my husband that its a good idea. Now the sheet is up I am loving the look and am no longer in a hurry to paint as the sheet does the job nicely. Was not looking forward to moving this huge tank to get at the back anyway.

    You loving the black on your tank? Got any pictures to show off?
  9. kizzetNew MemberMember

    I painted the back of my 10 gallon black 2 coats one a high gloss enamel made for glass the other a matte black acrylic it turns everything into a mirror it's really neat! It makes everything more vibrant as well and while I don't have a issue with algae I don't see how it would make it less visible not that it matters I scrub the glass regularly so it shouldn't be an issue with proper maintenance. I would think it would help control it since black absorbs light rather than reflect it but I could be wrong!

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