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Re: Black Back on an Acrylic Tank
On Sat, 27 Sep 1997 Jim Spencer asked "I was wondering if anyone out
there has bought an acrylic tank with a black back and if they thought
it was worth the extra cost?"
IMHO a black background tends to wash out the color of many fish (i.e.
they are hard to see). Blue backgrounds are often a bit to bright and
have an unnatural appearance. I paint the back of all of my aquariums
with a really dark green paint we had custom mixed for the shutters on
our house. Dark greens and browns are much more natural and add some
depth to your aquarium without detracting from your plants or fish.
If your nervous about painting the back of your tank, or you have a
glass tank, try the following...
Take a 1/2" piece of hard blue foam insulation available from home
improvement stores (the same kind you should be using under your tank
;-) ), cut it to the exact size of the back of your aquarium, and
paint with any good exterior household latex. Let the paint dry
thoroughly and use black electrical tape to attach it to your
aquarium. If you run the tape flat around the outside of the foam,
you can hide the edges of the foam and just slightly overlap the end
of the pane of glass or acrylic (on a glass aquarium you will have to
bend the tape in an "L" shape to fit over the plastic frame on the top
and bottom of the aquarium)
I used this method on a tank four years ago and it is still working
great. It's unobtrusive, looks super and also adds some additional
insulation to maintain a more stable environment in the tank.
Hope this helps!
michael.dunn at thalhimer_com