Paint the tank black ? Hide the false bottom ect?

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Paint the tank black ? Hide the false bottom ect?

Postby Philsuma » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:53 am

My 02

Do NOT ever paint the vivarium, aquarium, terrarium ect

Use Black contact paper available at Wal Mart, Target,, Home Depot ect

Black Contact paper is also known as shelf and drawer liner

It has a semi sticky side, and you peel it and place and then trim with a razor blade or even scissors and smooth out. When you want to get rid of it ya just peel it off! Soooo easy on....soooo easy off and none of the bad spray and chemicals and clean up.

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Re: Paint the tank black ? Hide the false bottom ect?

Postby joneill809 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:22 pm

I painted tanks when I was in the cichlid hobby years back. When I got into frogging I switched over to contact paper. I cannot tell the difference between methods when viewing a tank with properly applied contact paper, and the application process is much faster. I can cut interesting patterns on the sides to hide glue yet allow viewing from that angle. If I change hardscaping I can also quickly alter the coverage of the appliqué.

I also like using frosted appliqués for my glass tops to hide lighting, tubing and wiring. Contact paper and appliqués are really versatile and useful. Fast application and a clean look.
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