What Is The Point Of Painting Tanks Black?

Chris Osborne

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Hey all, just curious if there are any benefits to painting the back of my tank black, or is it strictly athletics? Thanks!
 

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I have never painted the back of an aquarium, but I have had black backgrounds. It gives the fish a feeling of being in an enclosure if you have plants or the like near the back.
 

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i think it just looks better than looking at the wall and cords behind the tank.
 

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Yeah, I don't like looking at the cords and stuff behind the tank either. I used simple acrylic paint for the background of this tank.
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I wish i painted mine before i set it up. But its too late now.
 

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It's just personal preference. Black, blue, or a picture. It's all to hide the cords and wall. Usually it's just a background sheet not painted I think. But I could be wrong on that.
 

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smee82 said:
I wish i painted mine before i set it up. But its too late now.
I had mine running for 2 years before I painted my 150 gallon background. Had to take the filter hoses off and it was a slight pain, but well worth the time spent on it. The acrylic paint dried pretty quick and was easy to use.
 
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Bigfella said:
I had mine running for 2 years before I painted my 150 gallon background. Had to take the filter hoses off and it was a slight pain, but well worth the time spent on it. The acrylic paint dried pretty quick and was easy to use.
Thanks! I'm setting up a 150, and want to make sure I do it right the first round.
 

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Bigfella said:
I had mine running for 2 years before I painted my 150 gallon background. Had to take the filter hoses off and it was a slight pain, but well worth the time spent on it. The acrylic paint dried pretty quick and was easy to use.
My 100g up against a wall so i cant get to the back but if i eever have to pull it down the 1st thing om doing is painting the back.
 

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Painting the back gives a sense of depth and hides equipment, making the aquarium look cleaner. Also, a black background will make your corals and fish pop. A dark blue background will not make them pop as much, but will look cleaner. I have a dark blue background and really like it, more natural then black, but still makes everything pop.
 
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