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So after green water and dropsy plagued my tank, i've been working on a project to make my outdoor aquarium more appealing to look at.

I decided to give it a background. I thought about what color it should be and decided on blue. But I didn't want it to be just blue.

I considered my options and decided wood and poster board were not for me. The space and the placement of the tank limits what can fit behind it, especially now that it is on the stand against the wall.

After ruling other options out, I was struck with an idea. This is what I came up with:

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So what could this be other than poster board and wood? Well, nothing. The background is painted ON my tank. It was fairly easy to paint when I got the hang of it. I used acrylic paint and sponge brushes. Paintbrush spread the paint too thin, making it easier to rub off while layering. Basically, I painted backwards.

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Thats what it looked like from behind, and on the front:

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I tested, and it's actually not that hard to get off. Where there are more layers might take a bit of elbow grease if I ever decide to change it, but warm water, soap, and lots of rubbing seems to do the trick.

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This is what it looked like before layering the blue.

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And I learned that a dollar store mop was my best friend for cleaning the glass and scraping algae off of the tank. It is the greatest invention ever.

Add some plants, glass marbles, and fish, and you have one pretty tank:

(BTW, my filters are set like that because they don't fit behind and the cord isn't long enough. And Tux likes it better like this.

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And with the space and new plants and toys, you've got some happy fish.

Especially Tux. Tux is very happy. He's been up and around the tank instead of hanging out near the bottom.

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Thanks for reading.

Edited by LovelyChaos

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Wow I love it! and the whole thing is outdoor?? I wish I lived somewhere where that would be okay... It's very pretty!

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Wow I love it! and the whole thing is outdoor?? I wish I lived somewhere where that would be okay... It's very pretty!

Yup, it's completely outdoors. It's been kind of a pain actually. But at least it looks pretty (;

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Very well done!! :) Your tank is beautiful!

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Very well done!! :) Your tank is beautiful!

Thank you :3

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I've been debating using acrylics on my tank, as well!

I might just do that, now. Especially if I end up with indoor goldfish again.

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It looks wonderful, charly!!! Come do mine :P

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I've been debating using acrylics on my tank, as well!

I might just do that, now. Especially if I end up with indoor goldfish again.

Acrylics work well, just be sure to use sponge brushes instead of regular brushes. The paint rubs off really easily with paintbrushes. And use a roller if you plan on making a solid background behind everything (:

It looks wonderful, charly!!! Come do mine :P

Thanks (: I would, but it took a really long time to do! I had to wait days between layers to make sure none would rub away.

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Nice :thumb:

Thanks!

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Thats really cool hun :)

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You're gonna have to change your name to TalentedChaos!! :rofl

Very nice Charly! :D

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:clapping: Too cute!! Wonderful job!

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No mermaids? :rofl Dang Toaster that is so super cute and creative! I love it!

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Thanks guys! (;

You're gonna have to change your name to TalentedChaos!! :rofl

Very nice Charly! :D

The talent runs in my blood (; I am the talented lovelychaos!

Thanks!

No mermaids? :rofl Dang Toaster that is so super cute and creative! I love it!

No mermaids! Too complicated! Thanks love (;

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That looks really cool. :) nice job.

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That's really pretty, Charly! :)

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Awesome background :D

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Very well done! You should paint people's tanks that want you too!

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I thought this was some sort of wallpaper at first :o you did an amazing job

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Thanks guys (: I think this definitely makes the tank more interesting to look at!

Very well done! You should paint people's tanks that want you too!

Oh I would, it just takes so long to do! It's also really hard if the design is too complicated (:

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That is really inspiring.... gotta find the paints.

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very nice, it looks neat, bright & pretty :)

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