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Old 06-27-2008, 08:04 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I got side tracked by my stupid job. I'm just posting for the heck of it. It gets lonely being at home alone all day!

Actually, reflected light off the background is good for plants.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:13 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I got side tracked by my stupid job. I'm just posting for the heck of it. It gets lonely being at home alone all day!
Tell me about it dude...at least I have two kids to talk at me!

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Actually, reflected light off the background is good for plants.
Yep, and in that situation, white would probably be the best background for the plants. I don't really care for white backgrounds, they can be a pain to keep clean. However, some of the tanks in Aquascpaping contests look really good with white backgrounds.
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Actually, reflected light off the background is good for plants.
But dark is better for fish and viewing (IMHO). So, if that's the intent, go with a high gloss white.
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Yes, I do prefer a black background...on that topic, anyone want to help me paint the backs of a few 20 longs and a 150g black?

I would think flat white would work on the back of the tank just a s well as gloss. It will appear to be glossy through the glass
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Yes, I do prefer a black background...on that topic, anyone want to help me paint the backs of a few 20 longs and a 150g black?
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Yes, I do prefer a black background...on that topic, anyone want to help me paint the backs of a few 20 longs and a 150g black?
You could try holding a painting party w/ pizza and beer.

I like a black background too though it sure makes the tank seem bulkier since it's not see through. I'm also a little paranoid about having to scrape it off one day. Yes, I know you're doing that on 11 tanks right now but you looked like you were having a blast. Heh.
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Look me up in ~ a week if you'll settle for guppy grass (Najas species), ~ 3 weeks if you really want stargrass (I *just* moved 2 nice sized portions this week, so I'm low right now).
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You could try holding a painting party w/ pizza and beer.
Not a problem, beer is usually involved at my place I'm just trying to decide if I want to paint them with a brush or roller or just spray all of them...spraying would probably be the best option if the humidity drops a bit. If the humidity stays high, they will never dry so I may have to move them into the workshop and enjoy the A/C

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I like a black background too though it sure makes the tank seem bulkier since it's not see through. I'm also a little paranoid about having to scrape it off one day. Yes, I know you're doing that on 11 tanks right now but you looked like you were having a blast. Heh.
Having a background seems to give the tanks some depth in my opinion. The tanks I got seem to have been painted for a while and that paint is a bit more difficult to remove than I expected. They guy I got them from said they were "professionally" painted...I've never had this much trouble removing paint from the back of my tanks but mine were only painted for a couple of years before I removed it.
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