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I'm revamping my 55 gallon tank. I removed the sand and gave away all the jungley plants. I also removed my blue print cloth background that was affixed to whiteboard. It was getting moldy.

Now, the back of my tank is just naked wall and I HATE the way it looks. I know they sell the plasticky blue or black background that you can tape to the back of the tank. I may just end up doing this :idont I also have seen many people here and on Instagram paint the outside glass. I'm too lazy to disassemble everything for that.

Please, anybody have creative aquarium background ideas? :D

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Lol I have one of the "plasticky" thingies you speak of. Wish I was creative!

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Lol I have one of the "plasticky" thingies you speak of. Wish I was creative!

I'm probably heading in this direction too :)

Does water dribble down the back of it.

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Yup it does! I try and put my filters way near the outside of the tank so the filter water if I move the sponges etc. that sometimes gets down there I can easily wipe off.

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I have the plastic background's also!!!!  :teehee What about the background's that go inside the tank? Would something like that work for your tank?

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I have the plastic background's also!!!! :teehee What about the background's that go inside the tank? Would something like that work for your tank?

I don't want to do that because it will take up valuable swimming space and gallonage. But I appreciate the suggestion :D

I love the plants you gave me! :thumbs: they give an excellent splash of color in my tank! Thanks again!

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Yes! This is a super creative idea! Wow! Thanks for the idea!

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And if you have the money to burn...

http://www.deepbluethemes.com

Omg! These are awesome! They'd make a fabulous Christmas present :hoho

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Those deep blue backgrounds are fabulous. I priced one for my tank and it was ONLY $105 plus shipping. :cry. I didn't pay that much for my tank. :rofl

I tend to like the plain backgrounds. Kinda boring I guess but I like the simplicity of them. And the fish really pop. And you know I looove the self adhesive ocean vision backgrounds.... :D

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Those deep blue backgrounds are fabulous. I priced one for my tank and it was ONLY $105 plus shipping. :cry. I didn't pay that much for my tank. :rofl

I tend to like the plain backgrounds. Kinda boring I guess but I like the simplicity of them. And the fish really pop. And you know I looove the self adhesive ocean vision backgrounds.... :D

I was gonna ask you what those where called. Thanks :)

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I have used poster board,but it does sometimes get wet,contact paper from a home improvement store,the pet store plastic ones are the easiest to apply,also have used pleather type material from the fabric store :) my personal favorite :)

I'm currently using poster board until my next trip to town to the nearest pet store ;)

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What about frosted glass? A lot of people in the aquascaping community seem to just use the stick on frosted film you get at the hardware store for windows.

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some of my Backgrounds

 

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Those deep blue backgrounds are fabulous. I priced one for my tank and it was ONLY $105 plus shipping. :cry. I didn't pay that much for my tank. :rofl

I tend to like the plain backgrounds. Kinda boring I guess but I like the simplicity of them. And the fish really pop. And you know I looove the self adhesive ocean vision backgrounds.... :D

Ye$$$!!! And that is why I decided to get creative.... LOL

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If you want a painted background but don't want to tear down/move the tank you can make a painted insert using acrylic sheets or lexan and krylon fusion spray paint: just get more creative than my simply black I did.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/145-finnex/189944-finnex-ray-ii-fugeray-par-data.html

 

I like the cloth background idea myself but understand mold can be an issue if there's splashing/spills.

I can't recall their seller name but I remember seeing someone that does colored glass work on small tanks on e-bay, but I'd imagine getting something for a 55g would be pricey.

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What if you hook a background :rofl

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You could try getting the plain blue/black background and get stick decals like these (just look up "home decal" or "home wall stick art" on google for more images)

http://home.ewoodys.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Large-Vinyl-Wall-Decals.jpg

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1o3jTMVXXXXcCXpXXq6xXFXXXa/Cheap-Kids-Room-Mirror-3D-font-b-Wall-b-font-Sticker-Sun-Flower-Art-Home-decoration.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/7c/20/df/7c20dfc5b622df7d6e6f7685f6c1dc9b.jpg

http://www.dhresource.com/albu_393242365_00-1.0x0/reci-n-llegados-de-vinilo-efecto-espejo-de.jpg

http://kotelok.co/photos-bedroom-design-animal-wall-mural/swan-birds-wall-decal-lake-vinyl-stickers-flying-animal-home-interior-design-art-murals-bedroom-bathroom/

http://g01.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB12IrHLFXXXXaUXXXXq6xXFXXXb/2pcs-Left-Right-Flying-Feather-3D-Vinyl-Wall-Stickers-Home-Decor-font-b-House-b-font.jpg

http://kotelok.co/photos-bedroom-design-animal-wall-mural/swan-birds-wall-decal-lake-vinyl-stickers-flying-animal-home-interior-design-art-murals-bedroom-bathroom/

http://tomcruiseforums.com/vinyl-wall-stickers.html/vinyl-wall-stickers-great-home-design-planning-with-vinyl-wall-stickers-wall-stickers-vinyl-art

decor.slimrandles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/modern-Whttp://tomcruiseforums.com/vinyl-wall-stickers.html/vinyl-wall-stickers-great-home-design-planning-with-vinyl-wall-stickers-wall-stickers-vinyl-artall-home-decor-decals.jpg

 

Can get real creative if you get simple shapes/designs and mix-n-match to make something real unique.

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If you want a painted background but don't want to tear down/move the tank you can make a painted insert using acrylic sheets or lexan and krylon fusion spray paint: just get more creative than my simply black I did.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/145-finnex/189944-finnex-ray-ii-fugeray-par-data.html

 

I like the cloth background idea myself but understand mold can be an issue if there's splashing/spills.

I can't recall their seller name but I remember seeing someone that does colored glass work on small tanks on e-bay, but I'd imagine getting something for a 55g would be pricey.

This link brought me to finnex lighting so I don't exactly know what you mean.

I like the fabric background too and it's what I had before, BUT it got moldy. This is a big deal as my parrot cage is directly adjacent to my tank and I don't want Leto to get sick from any mold. He's my baby :heart

You could try getting the plain blue/black background and get stick decals like these (just look up "home decal" or "home wall stick art" on google for more images)

http://home.ewoodys.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Large-Vinyl-Wall-Decals.jpg

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1o3jTMVXXXXcCXpXXq6xXFXXXa/Cheap-Kids-Room-Mirror-3D-font-b-Wall-b-font-Sticker-Sun-Flower-Art-Home-decoration.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/7c/20/df/7c20dfc5b622df7d6e6f7685f6c1dc9b.jpg

http://www.dhresource.com/albu_393242365_00-1.0x0/reci-n-llegados-de-vinilo-efecto-espejo-de.jpg

http://kotelok.co/photos-bedroom-design-animal-wall-mural/swan-birds-wall-decal-lake-vinyl-stickers-flying-animal-home-interior-design-art-murals-bedroom-bathroom/

http://g01.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB12IrHLFXXXXaUXXXXq6xXFXXXb/2pcs-Left-Right-Flying-Feather-3D-Vinyl-Wall-Stickers-Home-Decor-font-b-House-b-font.jpg

http://kotelok.co/photos-bedroom-design-animal-wall-mural/swan-birds-wall-decal-lake-vinyl-stickers-flying-animal-home-interior-design-art-murals-bedroom-bathroom/

http://tomcruiseforums.com/vinyl-wall-stickers.html/vinyl-wall-stickers-great-home-design-planning-with-vinyl-wall-stickers-wall-stickers-vinyl-art

decor.slimrandles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/modern-Whttp://tomcruiseforums.com/vinyl-wall-stickers.html/vinyl-wall-stickers-great-home-design-planning-with-vinyl-wall-stickers-wall-stickers-vinyl-artall-home-decor-decals.jpg

 

Can get real creative if you get simple shapes/designs and mix-n-match to make something real unique.

I love love love this idea! :nana thanks :thumb:

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What if you hook a background :rofl

Nice idea but it's too expensive. If I was going to hook something, I just buy one of those fancy costly backgrounds.

#hookedrugscost$

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If you want a painted background but don't want to tear down/move the tank you can make a painted insert using acrylic sheets or lexan and krylon fusion spray paint: just get more creative than my simply black I did.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/145-finnex/189944-finnex-ray-ii-fugeray-par-data.html

 

I like the cloth background idea myself but understand mold can be an issue if there's splashing/spills.

I can't recall their seller name but I remember seeing someone that does colored glass work on small tanks on e-bay, but I'd imagine getting something for a 55g would be pricey.

This link brought me to finnex lighting so I don't exactly know what you mean.

I like the fabric background too and it's what I had before, BUT it got moldy. This is a big deal as my parrot cage is directly adjacent to my tank and I don't want Leto to get sick from any mold. He's my baby :heart

You could try getting the plain blue/black background and get stick decals like these (just look up "home decal" or "home wall stick art" on google for more images)

http://home.ewoodys.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Large-Vinyl-Wall-Decals.jpg

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1o3jTMVXXXXcCXpXXq6xXFXXXa/Cheap-Kids-Room-Mirror-3D-font-b-Wall-b-font-Sticker-Sun-Flower-Art-Home-decoration.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/7c/20/df/7c20dfc5b622df7d6e6f7685f6c1dc9b.jpg

http://www.dhresource.com/albu_393242365_00-1.0x0/reci-n-llegados-de-vinilo-efecto-espejo-de.jpg

http://kotelok.co/photos-bedroom-design-animal-wall-mural/swan-birds-wall-decal-lake-vinyl-stickers-flying-animal-home-interior-design-art-murals-bedroom-bathroom/

http://g01.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB12IrHLFXXXXaUXXXXq6xXFXXXb/2pcs-Left-Right-Flying-Feather-3D-Vinyl-Wall-Stickers-Home-Decor-font-b-House-b-font.jpg

http://kotelok.co/photos-bedroom-design-animal-wall-mural/swan-birds-wall-decal-lake-vinyl-stickers-flying-animal-home-interior-design-art-murals-bedroom-bathroom/

http://tomcruiseforums.com/vinyl-wall-stickers.html/vinyl-wall-stickers-great-home-design-planning-with-vinyl-wall-stickers-wall-stickers-vinyl-art

decor.slimrandles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/modern-Whttp://tomcruiseforums.com/vinyl-wall-stickers.html/vinyl-wall-stickers-great-home-design-planning-with-vinyl-wall-stickers-wall-stickers-vinyl-artall-home-decor-decals.jpg

 

Can get real creative if you get simple shapes/designs and mix-n-match to make something real unique.

I love love love this idea! :nana thanks :thumb:

 

whoops looks like it didn't copy the right link sorry

if a mod would like to remove the first link from my post please do, I did not intend to link to another forum.

i meant to give this one instead of the finnex link.

http://shirt.woot.com/offers/almost-free?ref=cnt_ctlg_dgn_32

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Over here they sell background pictures on a roll!! You just buy it by the foot! loads of different styles,

I'm sure they must be available in the good old U S of A!!! ;-)

https://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1A.5lHpXXXXaqXpXXq6xXFXXXf/200608687/HTB1A.5lHpXXXXaqXpXXq6xXFXXXf.jpg

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Over here they sell background pictures on a roll!! You just buy it by the foot! loads of different styles,

I'm sure they must be available in the good old U S of A!!! ;-)

https://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1A.5lHpXXXXaqXpXXq6xXFXXXf/200608687/HTB1A.5lHpXXXXaqXpXXq6xXFXXXf.jpg

Yeah I love that type :)

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I'm late to this thread! :o

 

I haven't looked at all the links supplied so maybe this has already been mentioned :rofl

 

But on the 40B, I just got a few sheets of scrapbooking paper and taped them all together. I got this cool shiny, crinkly purple paper which 1) adds a nice texture if you don't want a flat looking back, and 2) hides the seams a little bit. Tape em, cut it to shape, add a tie-dye peace sign :D

 

I have made plenty of messes on that tank (it's the one I always seems to overflow :yikes) but it still looks good. 

I can't for the life of me find good full-tank shots, or the thread when I first set it up, so here's a crappy video? 

 

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