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  1. I'm revamping my 55 gallon tank. I removed the sand and gave away all the jungley plants. I also removed my blue print cloth background that was affixed to whiteboard. It was getting moldy. Now, the back of my tank is just naked wall and I HATE the way it looks. I know they sell the plasticky blue or black background that you can tape to the back of the tank. I may just end up doing this I also have seen many people here and on Instagram paint the outside glass. I'm too lazy to disassemble everything for that. Please, anybody have creative aquarium background ideas?
  2. I need to paint the background on my new tank. It's going to be black and I am unlikely to change it. I don't have heaps of money so I want to make the best choice on what to use. I want to know what products everyone else has specifically used to paint their background! I've seen videos of people using paint and some using spraypaint - I'm thinking spraypaint may have less of a chance getting all 'streaky'? I really don't want to attempt it and it just turns out a mess. Advice would be most welcome!
  3. Specifically, non-black. I know it's the cool thing, but we went with black sand, and it's feeling too dark even with just a dark red wall behind it. I'm looking for a way to brighten it up. Also want to see all three fish really well, and we have a gold fantail, white oranda, and black-for-now moor. I kind of like the looks of the one with the white rocks below (Sea View brand), but I don't think I've seen any tank pics with a background like this on here. Anyone? I'm not completely sure what I'm wanting either. I was planning on doing a black background if we chose white or light sand, but I was worried about it showing dirt and algae too much and changed my mind on the sand color. We also have a fairly large piece of mopani driftwood that will go in later, so that's dark too... Tankshots, please - go!
  4. Hi All! Here is a quick tutorial on painting your tank background. Why Paint? Painting your background is a nice alternative to those stick on tank background. It allows you to get a very smooth even background (no bubbles!) and allows you color choices you might not otherwise have. It is a semi-permanent option for those who do not do lots of background changing. Supplies: 1. Paint You do not need a large amount of paint for this project. A small 8oz can was enough for my 40 gallon tank. In researching this topic I have found that people have successfully used just about any type of paint out there. Here is a list of the most commonly suggested paints: - Latex interior paint - Oil based interior paint - Acrylic paint for crafting - Spray paint - Krylon Fusion comes highly recommended for this project Acrylic paint found in craft stores is going to be the cheapest paint. Oil based paints seem to be popular with the saltwater community - they may hold up a little better than latex to salt creep Spray paint is a really nice option, particularly if your tank can be emptied and taken outside. This would be my first choice of paint if your situation allows. Latex interior paint would be my second choice to spray paint. Because I had to paint inside with my fish in the same room, I chose a low VOC latex paint - it really didn't smell at all! Color/Finish: Black or blue paint is generally going to be the best for goldfish. These two colors will make your fish 'pop' (unless you have black fish and paint the background black! ). You will have choices of glossy, matte, or satin. Matte will give you more of a dark slate grey look, while glossy will be a darker black. Satin will probably fall somewhere in between. In trying both glossy and matte I will say that the matte was much easier to work with (less dripping) and I liked the finished look of it better. 2. Foam Roller, Paint Tray, and Small Paint Brush You will need a small foam roller - these are generally sold for painting cabinets or other small household items. You should be able to find a foam roller set that comes with a paint tray for under 10.00. You will also need a cheap small paint brush - don't spend a lot of money on this, I got mine for about 1.50 3. Tape This can be masking tape, duct tape, painters tape - whatever you have around that can provide a barrier for areas of your tank you don't want painted such as the rim. 4. Rubbing alcohol or Vinegar You will need something to clean the surface of your tank with before you paint. If this is a tank that is currently in use I would suggest alcohol or vinegar diluted with water. If it is an empty tank (no water, plants, gravel, fish etc.) you could use something like windex. Let's Paint! 1. Prepare your surface Wipe down the surface of your tank that you will be painting with you water/vinegar/alcohol solution using a paper towel. Make sure to wipe down the surface well - any oils or debris will make it difficult to paint. 2. Tape your tank Tape areas of your tank you do not want to paint, such as the top and bottom rim, along with the sides of the aquarium close to the back. 3. Apply your first coat Use your foam roller to apply the first coat. Work in even lines across the tank. This first layer should be thin! Do not try to make the paint thick in this first layer, it will be very thin and see through. Excess paint will just leave you will a drippy mess (talking from experience here). Your first layer is going to serve as just a nice thin base and surface for subsequent layers to build on. Use your small paint brush to get in corners and close to the rim. 4. Allow paint to dry fully It is best to allow your first layer to dry completely before adding a second. Read the instructions on your paint to give you an idea of drying time. Mine suggested 4 hrs. Feel the paint before applying a second layer - it should not be tacky to the touch. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process a bit if you are impatient 5. Keep coating Once your first layer is dry, continue to apply coats until you get the desired thickness. On your second layer, run the brush in the opposite direction as you did in the first - repeat this for each subsequent layer. Allow adequate drying time between layers. If you begin to paint too soon you can risk tearing up some of the old paint layers that aren't completely dry. 6. Remove Tape Once you have painted your tank and the paint has dried, begin removing the tape. Be very careful when removing tape - it can pull up your paint if there is any paint on the tape. If you pull up any paint, just retouch when you have removed the tape. 7. Put up a barrier to protect your paint Paint will peel off if scratched by equipment. You will want to put up a barrier between your paint and equipment to protect your paint. You can use an old tank background (or any plastic-y material) or you can use painters tape to cover the back of the tank to make a barrier. Removing Paint Paint can easily be removed using a razor blade. Begin scraping paint carefully - it should begin to peel up at which point you can pull it off. Oil based paints may be a little more difficult to remove than latex or acrylic. Here is the video how-to for anyone who wants a visual of this process This post has been promoted to an article
  5. So I want to spray paint the back (outside!) of my tank black or a nice shade of blue. I was wondering if any of you have done this and if you wouldn't mind sharing the process with me (what paints are safe/removable etc. I should also say that my tank is made of glass in case that matters.
  6. I am trying to stick with plants that are native to asia etc.... Right now I don't really want anacharis. I had elodea before, and they seem similar and my elodea took over my tank and I couldn't keep up with it, and I am looking for a different looking plant :3 Tank: 55, 2 penguin 350s, 4 goldfish under 4 inches, 2 java fern, 2 unidentified "aquatic" fern, microsword, 6 lucky bamboo in the hob, Natural Sunlight along with fluorescent lighting. I use Kent plant nutrients My fish don't seem to like greens, they turned their nose to spinach and only nibble sometimes on bamboo. They prefer meatier stuff XD I am looking at: Cardamine Lyrata Rotala Sp. Nanjenshan Rotala Rotundifolia or Bacoba Carolina I would be ordering 4 bunches to start off, so I can start really decorating my tank (: Which would best for my tank?
  7. Found this 3D placemat at the Dollar store.
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