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Paint a Tropical Fish Tank instead of a Paper Aquarium Background


Aquariums are usually made of clear glass or acrylic and the various tubes and wires required by the accessories of the tropical fish tank are often quite unsightly.   The outlines of filters and other equipment that may be hanging off the back often detract from the peaceful look of the tank as well.  When a brightly lit room is the location for the tank, often it is the best way to cover block the entrance of natural light into the container.  If sunlight strikes anywhere nt he interior on a regular basis, there is often a problem with algae growth and occasionally an algae bloom that causes green water.

People have a few choices in blocking the view.  Usually they opt for a  plastic or paper aquarium background that can be easily attached to the outside rear glass.  Sometimes they will opt for the more expensive internal 3D versions custom made for a particular aquarium dimension.  These are usually made from natural rock or molded resin to create a more realistic interior,

More rarely, people will opt to paint a tropical fish tank to cover the various open areas.

People seem to feel that it is very difficult to paint a tank and that the use fo paint can be toxic for the fish that will be kept in the aquarium.  This is not usually the case if you have some proper instruction how to actually use paint to block the clear aquarium back and sides.    The following video offers an excellent DIY (Do it yourself) set of instructions on how to prepare the surfaces and then the right way to paint the back and sides, ensuring the paint is both easy to appl and remove if a new colour is desired at a later time.  The paint and method is non-toxic and safe for the fish when the directions are followed.

Paint a tropical fish Tank to get full coverage

Backgrounds serve a number of uses, one of the most important ones is to block sunlight from the tank. In most cases the sun’s rays enter from the sides more often than the back.  Paper or plastic backgrounds can be folded around the sides, but often they leave air pockets and wrinkles that detract form the overall look.  Internal backgrounds are almost exclusively for the back pane and do nothing for the sides.

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A uniform colour can be painted onto all non-viewing panes of an aquarium

When you paint a tropical fish tank, all the panes that matter can be covered: the back, sides and even the bottom.  Using the water based acrylic paint the amount of light entering the tank can be controlled, even in a brightly lit room as well.   Granted, the process will take much longer than applying a plastic sheet, but the overall effect will also be much different and uniform.  With the above well described process, almost anyone can paint a tropical fish tank instead of using any other style of aquarium background, covering the back and disguising aquarium accessories, preventing algal blooms and green water at the same time

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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