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As mentioned by Deeda and Stu W2 above, I am a painted back aquarium kind of person as well! And, if you are possibly unsure of 'The Look', you could always do what Deeda suggested and try it out with some craft paper first. In this case, I would strongly recommend that you do this 'try out' sort of thing with the craft paper, on an existing/running aquarium if you have one. You can see if you like it, and change the colors with different craft paper. Because well sometimes, the 'basic black look' just isn't everyone's kinda thing, y'know? As an example of that, one of the coolest backgrounds I can remember seeing was done by a guy with some spray paint. A very dark red color on the bottom was shaded gradually to almost yellow at the top. It was amazing looking! :)
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So, if you do decide to paint the back? Do it when the tank is complete empty! It will be easy that way, and is kind of a fun project actually. Just turn the tank over on it's side, tape up the sides and plastic top - then have at it. Because doing that kind of work with a full/running tank? Oh well now... that is really NOT much fun at all. :oops:
 

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Pretty easy answer I guess - at least for me. I don't scrub the algae off of the back aquarium wall of my aquariums.
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In fact, in aquariums with textured/3D, interior backgrounds, the algae growing on those surfaces help to give it a more natural appearance. And, a lot of time the fish kept in the tank including pleco catfish and esp. Mbuna Cichlids, will graze that algae down everywhere (including the aquarium back wall) pretty relentlessly. :thumb:
 

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My Advice? Don't do it man! Give that step ladder a vacay, yo'. And definitely, let those Plecos graze that algae on the back glass.
I mean c'mon.... it's the freaking, BACK GLASS. It comes complete with a wall, paint, stick-on backdrop or, whatever.... seriously! No one is gonna care if your back glass looks a little 'fuzzy'.
I say,
- Keep your front and side glass clean and sparkly.
- Your back glass nice and fuzzy.
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And everyone in the tank, WILL be happy! :D
 
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