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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:57 pm Post subject: Black film as aquarium background Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Can  I  use  black  film  (normally  used  on  glass  window  to  reduce  sunlight)    as  aquarium  background  ?
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 Amitava  you  can  just  about  use  anything  as  long  as  it  is  on  the  outside.
 
 What  is  this  Black  Film?  The  one  they  use  in  cars?
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 Hi  Madan,
 
 Yes  it  is  the  same  film.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:10 pm Post subject: Re: Black film as aquarium background Reply with quote

                                                   
amitava  wrote:                
Hi,
 
 Can  I  use  black  film  (normally  used  on  glass  window  to  reduce  sunlight)    as  aquarium  background  ?                

 
 A  much  cheaper  option  would  be  the  trash  bags.You  could  crush  the  bag  and  then  spread  it  and  use  it  to  achieve  a  jagged  background  effect  (though  a  DIY  inner  background  would  look  better)
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 what  happened  to  good  old  aquarium  posters?
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toomanyfish  wrote:                
what  happened  to  good  old  aquarium  posters?                

 
 Yup  ,  simple  elegant  &  practial
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what  happened  to  good  old  aquarium  posters?                

 
 Yup  ,  simple  elegant  &  practial.
 The  only  contention  is  that  posters  might  block  out  all  light
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 is  not  that  the  purpose??
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 I  personally  find  most  of  the  background  posters  very  unnatural  and  unaesthetic  in  appeal.  The  internal  rocklike  thermocol(i  think)  stuff  looks  better  but  when  they  are  stuck  together  in  a  long  tank  and  dont  match  that  doesnt  look  to  good  either.
 
 I  have  painted  my  tank  black  on  the  rear  side  and  i  must  say  it  does  look  great.  My  plants  are  simple  Elodea  and  the  dark  green  is  a  super  contrast  to  the  black.
 
 I  was  also  wondering  whether  dark  backgrounds  give  fish  more  security.
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 I  stuck  on  Black  Oyama  paper  to  the  rear  of  my  tank  to  keep  sunlight  out  of  a  problem  tank.  The  contrast  between  Black  and  Green  of  the  plants  is  fantastic  like  Pradeep  says.  I  wonder  why  I  didn't  get  Oyama  paper  earlier.  
 
 I  now  have  Oyama  paper  stuck  on  4  tanks.  Need  more  for  my  main  tank,  which  I  don't  have.  Crying or Very sad  
 
 I  second  Pradeep  about  the  printed  backgrounds.  I  hate  the  stuff.  YMMV.
 
 Amitava,  if  you  are  using  the  car  film  to  reduce  sunlight  it  won't  help.  If  it  is  to  only  get  a  black  background,  then  use  the  darkest  black  possible.
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 Hi,
 You  get  various  coloured  sheets  like  Black,Light  Blue,dark  blue  etc,These  are  available  with  Automobile  shops  who  sell  this  sheets  for  making  number  plates.Available  width  is  3  feet  with  any  length  can  be  purchased.
 One  side  of  the  sheet  has  glue,Cost  is  20/Rs  per  feet(these  sheets  are  not  the  radium  once).
 I  have  used  a  Black  and  a  sky  blue  poster  for  my  two  diffrent  tanks  and  it  looks  good.
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 you  also  get  these  sun  screen  sheets  which  are  water  proof  and  can  easily  be  stuck  onto  the  tank...its  an  expensive  option  but  its  pretty  long  lasting
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 I  was  wondering,  don't  we  get  any  gradient  kind  of  background...
 
 Something  like  in  photoshop's  gradient  tool...Black  merging  in  blue  or  dark  blue...it  would  look  superb.
 
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I  now  have  Oyama  paper  stuck  on  4  tanks                

 
 Madan,  what  is    Oyama  paper?
 
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 Oyama  (is  the  brand  name)  is  some  kind  of  Japanese  sticker  plastic  like  sheet,  very  thin,  excellent  quality,  waterproof  gum.  Supposedly  the  very  best  for  aquarium  use.  It  can  be  used  inside  or  outside  an  aquarium.
 
 Available  in  Black,  White,  Sea  Blue  and  Navy  blue,  from  12  inch  in  width  to  3  feet.
 
 It's  available  in  India,  I  have  seen  it  at  my  local  LFS,  though  not  always  in  stock  and  seldom  for  sale.  I  picked  up  some  on  my  visit  to  Singapore  this  year,  I  am  short  of  it  now,  but  for  the  bulk  I'd  have  got  a  full  roll.  Very Happy
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