What Is The Point Of Painting Tanks Black?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Tank Equipment' started by Chris Osborne, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. C

    Chris Osborne New Member Member

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

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    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.
  3. qldmick

    qldmick Valued Member Member

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

  4. scarface

    scarface Fishlore VIP Member

    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.
  5. s

    smee82 Fishlore VIP Member

    I wish i painted mine before i set it up. But its too late now.

    ASHLEY R COOK Valued Member Member

    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.
  7. Bigfella

    Bigfella Valued Member Member

    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.
  8. OP

    Chris Osborne New Member Member

    Thanks! I'm setting up a 150, and want to make sure I do it right the first round.
  9. Bigfella

    Bigfella Valued Member Member

    It'll make the colors of your fish pop too, my clown loaches and platinum angel fish really stand out now.
  10. s

    smee82 Fishlore VIP Member

    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.
  11. Culprit

    Culprit Fishlore VIP Member

    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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