View Full Version : Painted back pane or clear/coraline. POLL!!

01/16/2010, 01:34 PM
Right now the back of my tank is left clear/unpainted. Let's hear what my fellow reefers do.

01/16/2010, 06:40 PM
I like to put up a black background until the coraline takes over. Can't stand the "see through" look.

Daniel Reef
01/16/2010, 06:51 PM
I have a blue background.

01/16/2010, 07:05 PM
Black or blue both look good to me. Dark/navy blue has a nice effect.

01/16/2010, 07:14 PM
mine is painted black as well. I really just dont like to see any cords if i can help it.

01/16/2010, 07:16 PM
Can't stand the "see through" look.
x2. Painted my back black.

01/16/2010, 08:16 PM
I didn't want to paint the back of the tank due to how much it affects the lighting, but I put a black board behind the tank so I wouldn't see cords.

01/16/2010, 08:17 PM
I painted blue, but I wish I had done black

stubby 58
01/16/2010, 08:22 PM
Have one painted black and one painted pacific blue like the blue better . I only have PC for lights and with the blue I get a bit of shimmer , not like MH thought .


01/16/2010, 08:26 PM
I painted mine black also. Much better than leaving it unpainted

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01/17/2010, 06:59 AM
My tank is painted with a "coraline" paintjob. A friend of mine did an awesome job using sea sponges with different colors... I think it looks great!

the day she did it

with fish and corals

I should have painted the coast to coast as well... I have a little bit of detritus build up in there and it does not look to nice. I also see the waterfall effect and I find that it takes away from the look of the tank.

01/17/2010, 07:04 AM
Dark Blue Here!

01/17/2010, 07:34 AM
Mine is painted with natural growing coraline

01/18/2010, 06:17 AM
Black here. Don't wanna see cords and wall behind tank. Everything pops a bit more against a dark background.

Gill again
01/18/2010, 06:23 AM
Black here. Really like the way the fish and corals POP in front of the dark background.

01/18/2010, 08:03 AM
That coraline paintjob is very cool.

01/18/2010, 08:17 AM
Black. Makes the background disappear until coraline takes over.
Looking at wires and plumbing sucks.

01/18/2010, 08:23 AM
painted black

01/18/2010, 09:32 AM
painted black and most importantly scraped to keep it black

01/18/2010, 09:45 AM
Tinted with 2.5% black. Didn't do paint because...I don't remember why, except at the time it seemed like a better idea.

01/18/2010, 11:05 AM
painted black and most importantly scraped to keep it black

+1. I really like the look of a clean, non-encrusted black back wall. I think it's less distracting to the eye.

01/18/2010, 12:18 PM
I taped on a rock theme till my coralline / gsp overtake the back wall. Currently, the gsp has covered my skimmer and is moving to the back, need to scrape some off the side and front, and the coralline has about 50% coverage.

01/19/2010, 09:16 AM
I like to put up a black background until the coraline takes over. Can't stand the "see through" look.


01/19/2010, 11:00 AM
Sides and back are covered in coraline, Xenia, and a touch of GSP. I just keep the front pane clean.

01/19/2010, 11:09 AM
Black sticker here and im quite happy with it (cant see if its a sticker honestly :D)
I dont plan to let coraline grow on the back glass though. I prefer the black look, it gives the scape a nice depth of field

01/19/2010, 11:33 AM
mine is black. and i scrape the coraline off the back glass regularly

01/19/2010, 11:39 AM
Painted black myself. Wouldn't have it any other way.

01/19/2010, 12:35 PM
I have rockmags and have started attached corals to them...also have aquamags all over the glass and have various zoa colonies spreading across the walls.


01/19/2010, 01:56 PM
no paint on the glass, it absorbs too much of the light I would like reflected from the clear glass. However, I painted the wall a flat black direclty behind the tank - therefore, when looking through the tank it looks identical to my previous tank which was painted black.

I am really happy with the setup.

01/19/2010, 04:16 PM
Black back all the way on all my tanks. Blue always looks too cheesy and leaving it clear looks bad when you can see the wall behind it.

01/19/2010, 05:04 PM
i always pant my backside otherwise you can see my unsightly chord hanging down.:eek:

i also paint the backside of my fish tank to hide unsightly chords hanging down.:wavehand:

01/19/2010, 05:07 PM
I enjoyed the clear background for about a year or so. I liked the feel that it gave more depth to the tank because you didn't really know where the water ended. I also liked observing the equipment in the beginning.

I've since painted the back of my tank black. It's great. I have a discarded tank from the LFS that I use as a refugium. They painted them with translucent coats of blue (varnish? or something) and finished with clear coats of the same.

01/19/2010, 05:11 PM
Even though some say that painting it black may or may not decrease some good lighting, I'd paint it black anyway, to hide any hanging equipment or cords in the back.
That way it looks nicer, more modern and sleek IMO.

01/19/2010, 07:51 PM
Painted black and I scrape the coralline off

01/19/2010, 08:03 PM
I've painted backs of tanks black and shades of blue, prefer the black.

That said when I had a 180 the back wasn't painted or covered, cords were hidden by the corner overflows. The tank was 18" from the wall and I could go behind the tank to see what was happening on the "Darkside" behind the rock. The Mrs thought it was weird the I spent so much time behind the tank..........

one clownfish
01/19/2010, 08:06 PM
Mine is blue and I'm going to change it to black.

01/19/2010, 08:29 PM
A little 1970's / Disco but I really like the effect......

I had mirrors cut to the size of the 2 back sides of my 92 gallon corner tank. Then I siliconed them on with the reflective side towards the tank. I keep the glass clean and it gives an open ocean / endless feel to the tank.

It is really important to clean the tank and the mirror before applying the mirror to the tank. Smudges don't look very good. Also important to seal the entire seam between the mirror and the back of the tank so salt creep / water drips don't get in.

Some folks think it freaks out the fish but I never had a problem with either fresh or saltwater fish. I think it reflects light back to my corals too......

It works well on the back of square tanks too.

I tried to post pics but they are too big.......

01/19/2010, 08:44 PM
2nd attempt at mirror back pics......

01/19/2010, 08:50 PM
mine is painted black as well. I really just dont like to see any cords if i can help it.

I agree. Although mine is blue.

01/19/2010, 08:52 PM
I think it reflects light back to my corals too.....

Like the reflector inside a hood?

01/19/2010, 10:30 PM
biggest mistake i made setting my tank up was painting the back blue instead of black. this is obviously a personal preference thing, but my wife thought blue sounded weird at the time... i went blue and it's PAINFUL that she was right:uzi:

that said, anything is better than seeing the mess of cords and everything else back there.

01/19/2010, 10:38 PM
I've tried all kinds of colors and materials over the years...basic black wins for me...I think the colors "pop" more against black...but I also don't like the coralline look...I have a razor scrapper on a long handle to scrape the back glass every couple weeks.

01/19/2010, 10:55 PM

Still Wet
01/19/2010, 11:04 PM
all three are painted black