HOW TO: paint an aquarium background

HOW TO: paint an aquarium background


Hi, everybody Joey here again, and welcome back so [today] We’re going to be talking about how to paint your aquarium. [I] get questions a lot on How to paint your aquarium based on the fact that thing a lot of people don’t know which type of paint to use How to apply it or what’s safe, and what’s not? So we’re going to go over that in this video We’re also going to talk about how to remove paint from an already painted aquarium, so let’s get started, okay So we’re now ready to paint the aquarium a number of things you want to consider first is what color are you choosing? I? i Like to pick solid colors that are pretty dull. What do you mean by dull is not orange green things like that I like to use either Black or blue Reason being is because most fish look best on those two colors on this tank. I’m choosing a light blue This is going to enable me to keep my fish that I’m going to be keeping in this tank nice and light in color I want I don’t want them to darken up, and you’ll see why after you see the fish that I’m putting in this tank Now if you want your fish to color up, I suggest using a darker color like black or Dark blue Those are just some things to consider when choosing the color The safest color to go with is typically black looks really good And if you’re taking [pictures] of your aquarium really makes your fish your fishes colors pop now Before we get started with looking at the supplies We’re going to need let’s first prepare the tank you’re going to need to clean the tank glass make sure that it’s nice [and] clean If you’re using an Acrylic tank do the same thing But don’t use any chemicals [just] [some] nice warm water and a cloth is typically good enough Once you’ve done that make sure that [aquariums] dry, and we can move on to the supplies So let’s take a look at the supplies on what we’re going to be using [now]. Okay, so the supplies We’re going to be using are really simple. [I] like to keep things cheap. You know Simply because I might change my color on the paint, so I’m not looking to go crazy. I’m also not a Professional painter so I like to buy cheap paintbrushes in the end for what we’re doing It doesn’t really matter so I go to my local dollar store Or you know maybe you call it a buck or two or whatever your cheap place is and I like to simply pick up their dollar menu paint rollers we’re looking to get paint I’m sorry sponge rollers, and it comes with a little dandy. [you] [know] Paint Tray as well The reason why we’re doing sponge Rollers is simple If you use a paint brush or a sponge brush it tends to drag the paint across The glass and you don’t get as good as coverage you tend to have to use more paint just to cover the glass With a sponge Roller it technically typically gets you a lot more coverage and goes on a lot easier you also need to do less coats as For the actual paint this is going to be a big one for a lot [of] people for the most part any paint is going to be fine based on the fact that the Paint’s not actually going into the aquarium if You are painting your tank with fish already in it make sure the aquariums covered tightly because the fumes might bother them So now that we know [that] the paint isn’t actually going to be into the aquarium And there’s really no way that it can get in there. You still need to be cautious because of course you never know So I like to use an all-purpose acrylic paint [I] use this for a number [of] reasons One it’s cheap Too it’s completely safe its non-toxic That doesn’t mean I can go ahead and dump it into the tank as an additive But simply gives you a little bit more peace of mind Final reason is that it goes on nice and it comes off easy You’re going to see how easy it comes off at the end of the video It’s safe for both glass and acrylic [if] I could give you a suggestion on paint not to use stay away from oil-based paints you kind of want to stick with water-based paints and you know non-toxic Paints and this is a Non-toxic, it’s a water-based acrylic. Paint look for something like that. Where can you pick up this exact paint? I don’t know It’s basically It’s called Deco art crafters or croat paint I use it for all [my] tanks cost $1.00 per Tube [$1.00] will or a tube of this which is 100 bill liters will probably do Let me see let me guess here Probably 12 square feet of aquarium glass So I’m probably going to need maybe [2] [3] tubes of this based on the fact that I’m doing the bottom The back and the two sides this is going to be a quarantine tank So I’d like to shelter it in as much as I can Anyways, let’s go ahead and get started with painting it ok so I’m ready to get started on painting one little thing that you might Want to consider before you do start painting is getting some painters tape and taping off all of your trim So you don’t get paint on it. It can make a real mess. It make it look bad In the end you could probably take [it] off, but it’s a hassle, and it’s much easier to simply Lay down some painters tape I’m just doing the bottom right now. So it doesn’t really matter by a painters tape or not, so Basically I got the paint ready you see it’s really nice blue Now I really like this color especially [for] the fish that are going in this tank. They’re going to look really nice against it So we’re just painting it like you would paint a wall We’re not looking to [gough] it on we’re just doing a little bit of paint on the foam roller at a time Typically speaking you want to start at one end and work your way over and try to do all in the same motion you don’t want to be really be going up and down and all over the place Not on your first coat first coat go one way second coat go the next way I don’t know if I’m going to need to do two coats We’re going to see after we put this on. I might end up doing two Maybe three coats you’ll know when you see it. So let’s just see how it goes on here downside about using sponge Rollers cheap sponge rollers is that they tend to Not be perfectly round So they’re going to jump all [over] the place and sometimes drag the paint so to save yourself that hassle invest in some nicer sponges These are typically a little bit better I’ll probably end up using these for them, but for now. I’ve already got paint on this so I’ll go ahead finish it off this is typically a lot faster as well than using a Any other form of paint? Paintbrushes the sponge Roller goes aren’t really quickly anyways guys I’m going to finish this up I’m going to do the bottoms the sides then we’ll come back and have a look and see how it looks, so [that’s] it. Tanks done painted So I actually did overestimate exactly how much paint I would eat. I ended up only needing two tubes of paint Let me do the bottom the two sides as well as the back of the tank mmm now You might [be] [wondering]. Why are you even painting your tank? Well honestly it comes down to personal taste and choice I actually prefer the look of a painted tank Based on the fact that you know most paper backgrounds to look that great on a tank unless you get into you know using Seaview to apply your background or something like that. You know they just don’t look good [I] Like this because if you know it’s it’s easy to manage. [I] can change it whenever I want makes the fish look great and It’s really cheap because [I] only use two tubes of paint it only cost me two bucks Another dollar for the paint rollers so it cost me three dollars to paint this based on that We can estimate that it’s going to cost me about three dollars every time I want to change it to I’m going to take [a] little bit of work to change it, but it can be done can be done cheaply Anyways now that we’ve seen how to do it. Let’s find out how to take it off, okay? So now that we know how to paint the aquarium, it’s time We find out how to take the paint off of an already painted aquarium Not a lot of people want their aquariums painted and if you ever buy a second-hand aquarium sometimes, they just simply come paint it already Perhaps you want to switch the color as well switching the color of your aquarium is going to be pretty simple All you’re really going to need is a vacuum for the paint that you’re going to be scraping off obviously You’re also going to need a straight edge razor Pretty straightforward pretty easy to find I also like to use a handheld scraper that the razor blade goes in [two] Simple [is] that all it really is going to help me do is scrape the the paint off [of] the aquarium? And it should come off Really simply so starting almost anywhere What caillou that comes off? Keep in mind. I’m still using the same type [of] paint That’s I’m taking off that I put on I’m using more acrylic. Paint comes off and goes on so easily Downside to it. Is that if you ever scrape it which is scrapes pretty easily as well You’re going to have to touch it up But it’s not an issue the plus side is that it comes off really easily if [you] ever want to change it so basically guys that’s it if You have [any] [more] questions comments or anything like that comment in the section below? Anyways, we’ll see us next time and thanks for watching

100 thoughts on “HOW TO: paint an aquarium background

  1. I have a 75 glass that I have to hit with black spray paint and let dry first. Then I can paint with acrylic otherwise the paint won't stick. What's up with that?

  2. hi joey.i started with a 2 foot tank.got excited and decided to paint the background.i done it in black looks great.next i plan to try a inside background.with underwater waterfall .hope it turns out well.
    keep up the great videos and tips.
    andy

  3. Hey Joey I was wondering what kind of paint would be okay inside the tank. I want to put some pvc in and I hate the white with all the writing.

  4. just wondering if theres any paint that is safe for painting fish decorations ?i have some that have faded and i want to fix emm up

  5. Joey, I noticed that tank looks exactly like mine. Is it the 36 "Wx 16" Wx 20 "H hagen? If it is, did you have to do DIY lighting for it? Because I can not find a proper hood and lighting system that fits mine. Hagen made โ€‹โ€‹some weird ass tank dimensions for us canadians.

  6. being the bottle says crafter's acrylic i would think you might find that at hobby lobby in the paint crafts section

  7. I used Acrylic paint. Had a minor amount of water spillage out the back and it caused the paint to crack like spider webs. Really unsightly. Of course this didn't happen until my wall mounted aquarium was mounted, and full of fishies and the back not accessible. I used white. Which unfortunately looks yellow / green in the 3200K lighting and my wife hates the look of minor bits of Algea.

  8. acrylic paint falls very easily when you have wet hands, it gets damaged with every water spill…and in an aquarium, you are obviously going to have those. best is to use a background like contact paper or some layer of pasty paper

  9. We have a saltwater tank and have a very dark tint on the back glass which turned out to be awesome. it has a very light glow late at night with the light from the refugium light on underneath showing. looks awesome. The paint you used does work. I found it in a craft store and used it on the tank I thought I would use before this one.

  10. i have a tank with one side and bottom made of mirror glass….what can i do?? cant afford a new tank or a new pice of glass…..

  11. You mentioned this color would look good once we see the fish you are adding. Got to the end of the video and no fish added. Do you have one after you added the fish?

  12. Will removing acrylic paint from acrylic tanks this easy too? Pretty sure you wouldn't want to use a blade scrapper? Any suggestion?

  13. sorry but I can't hear anything fix the video please is that for a glass tank. Wich is better to do spray paint the background or acrylic paint

  14. I tried this.. used sponge rollers and other types of rollers and never could get it to roll and would leave streaks ๐Ÿ™ Any suggestions as to how to get a smooth application?

  15. I'm seriously considering painting my aquarium (Red Belly Piranha and plants -almost more plants than water!). I can't decide on a blue or black background. The fish are predominantly silver and red /orange coloured and, of course, there's the geeen of the plants. Natural coloured sand substrate. I hear there's an unwritten "rule" that marine ranks should be blue and fresh black…What do you think would be best?

  16. Joey – what kind of paint is safe for inside the aquarium? e.g. to paint PVC pipe black to match the background. P.S. Love your book!

  17. Do you know if there a color that make the background look blurr/matte ? Because I don't want any color on the background ? If you know can you please lets me know what brand/model of it and where to buy them ? I lived in US

  18. I always use Plastidip spray to paint the back of my tanks because I can just peel it off in the future when needed or to change the color.

  19. Is it fine to use spray paint 1k auto acrylic with uv protection for aquariums?, is it fine for the glass?

  20. Acrylic paint is ok. Unfortunately, it is very water soluble so every water dripย or splash will be visible even after it dries. Still looks decent I suppose.

  21. i have a few storm glass Windows for a house i want to make a tank how thick should it be do u think or what kind of glass do i need i got to go cheap but i need a 65g or75g tank please help me its for my oscar blood parrot an silver arowana i got the arowana bec i seen your arowana an the one u got u cant have in u.s.a the pet store i got the aro from the aro was almost dead an i have had him for about 2 mouths an he is happy than ever

  22. I've been watching the newer videos and then randomly clicked on this one… wow changed so much. Well done on the growth of your channel

  23. I am using a Rena canister filter and the intake as well as the outflow have suction cups on both sides of the tank. Will the suction cup get suction on the painted side of the tank or will it pull the ppaint off? Thanks a lot

  24. I watch all your videos to answer my questions. The canister filter in this video is the same one you put on the new flower horn aquarium ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Ž

  25. Thanks again, Joey! I'm painting a tank background for the first time ever; and while I knew much about what I wanted, it was still helpful to find a "king of DIY" guide. The video is now 6 years old, but still holds up.

  26. Been contemplating in changing my paint background, or at least removing it. Problem is, itโ€™s setup with fish in it and pushed close to a wall. Any tips for removing the paint near the corner; long handle. Thanx

  27. Acrylic paint seems to go on horribly. I've never painted an aquarium background, but watched this video and decided to follow the instructions. I'm no newcomer to painting in general, but after having put on 4 coats on the bottom and back of a new 75g, I'm starting to think that enamel paint would have been the way to go. This paint is splotchy and the previous layer gets picked up by the new layer, no matter how careful you are. Uneven coats and bad coverage. I'll see how it looks after the 5th coat, because I'm not putting on more than that.

  28. I once used a textured spray paint from Rustoleum, that was a tealish color with specs of deeper blues and black. It looked infinite and really gave another dimension to the tank as you looked theougg to the texture. It worked VERY well.

  29. Can I paint the inside of the tank , I have done a diy sump on the back panel of the tank. Now they look odd . Asking suggestions on how to paint the inside of the tank.

  30. Ever tried 4โ€ mohair roller sleeves , found them much better than sponge , closest to a spray painted finish look will get with a roller. Painted my boat using them got a brilliant finish.
    Donโ€™t know make much difference to a tank but it does apply much better than sponge

  31. I have a DIY question? I just aquired a used 70 gallon half hex aquarium. They had it up and running full of fish. I noticed that the corner of the frame is separated. How would be a great way to bond it together. I'm worried about having it blow out.

  32. I really do appreciate the time, trouble and quality you put into each and very one of these Youtubes. Thanks

  33. Commenting to your one of the most oldest videos to let you know that u are so famous in future ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ every one loves you

  34. Joey, in your opinion what color would work best with Multifasciautus fish and what was the reasoning for painting the sides and bottom?

  35. Does the acrylic paint will cover the calcium buils up? Are you still able to see it from the inside? Even when you covered the outside

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