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:idea: Setting up the tank again now and was thinking of painting the inside glass black as a bkgrnd.
Used to have a black paper as a background outside, which is cool.
But here is the thing, the tank is a 2nd hand. And the previous owner had a mirror sticky foil thing as a background. Now when he removed it some mirror stuff are forever consealed with the glass and no matter how black a background u put outside, that stuff still shows. It covers somewhat with plants but it still bothers me a lot as estheticly its just not appealing and when u look at the aquarium u always get caught of glimpses of yourself in the mirrors. And it shows more heavily with a black bkgrnd.

:-? The point to my story is if anyone had tried doing an inside background painting. what tips can you give me to what kind of paint is safe to use, etc. I dont care to remove the paint later, as im faithfull to black bkgrnds and wont sell my tank in the future either.

Tried searching for any topic like this and was not succesfull nor on the web, its always the outside painting concept.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.
 

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Bummer on the residue, painting inside will be more difficult. But krylon is said to be safe for the fish, but a majority of people use the Plastic Fusion type - I am not sure if regular Krylon is safe or not, I would wait for some more advice.
 

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You can use Krylon fusion paint safely. Instead of painting the actual glass on the inside of the tank, try getting a piece of acrylic the same size as the inside back glass, then paint that first, and slide it into place when the paint is completely dry. You don't even have to take any water out of the tank that way (if there is water in there). This also allows you to remove that background and change the color any time you want. You can attach the acrylic piece to the back glass with a small dab of silicone if you like.
 

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hmm, the krylon products after much research seems ppl use it to cover anything haha.
it seems safe enough, but i do know paint, and even the artist acryls kinda set out lil bits when its sitting too much in water (and those r the expensive ones)...which was one of my doubts.
Soo i came up with this idea, Actually boomr99 kinda gave me that idea, I'll actually do his idea of painting a piece of acrylic (or plexiglas, depends on what i find) and stick it in. And seal it with silicone completely around, but having the painted side in between the backglass and the acrylic...water never touches never reaches the paint..and gdbye mirror leftovers :thumb:
 

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Yup i have tried, endlessly for years, and thought everytime that i was just younger and couldnt do it properly. I have this tank since i was 12 yrs old and now 14 yrs later it's still the same.
It really is infused in the glass, i really dont know how it got that way, but its just a part of the glass.

I should make pictures..
 
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