In the process of searching for ideas and accessories that will make the tank stand out more and with a clear view of our fish, we look towards purchasing an aquarium background.
We choose our favorite aquarium background, and then off we go to apply it to the back of the tank, but then there’s an issue. How do you apply an aquarium background if the front part is not sticky? In this article, we will be explaining some methods you can use to shape, and stick your aquarium background easily.
- Note: Always measure the dimensions of your aquarium before shopping. The store can cut the roll of the background to fit your tank as best as possible. Although, there is no guarantee you won’t have to resize it yourself.
How to Choose the Right Aquarium Background for You
Begin by going to a local fish store that sells a variety of aquarium backgrounds. Choose a background that matches your aquarium setup. A natural aquarium with plants, driftwoods, and rocks fit well with darker backgrounds that mimic a natural river. It ensures the tank looks smart and if you stick the background on well, you will not have to worry about how you will get it off.
Tanks with artificial decorations fit with a background that contains bright colors, such as red and orange coral reef backgrounds. Some backgrounds even come with two different sides, each displaying its picture. Choose a design you feel happy with and one that makes your aquarium look even better!
You will have to take caution when choosing a two-sided background before you secure it to the aquarium.
Interior and Exterior Backgrounds
There are two main application areas to secure your aquarium background. This includes the back part inside of the aquarium and the outside of the aquarium. There are limited options available for materials to apply your background inside your aquarium. When placed inside most of the materials used to secure a background can seep into the water and poison the inhabitants. Interior backgrounds are constantly exposed to water, this makes the sealant struggle to grip appropriately. Whereas exterior backgrounds are not exposed to water and can be applied using a variety of materials.
How to Shape the Background to Fit Your Aquarium
Use a tape measure to get the dimensions of the panel of glass. Take a ruler and a pencil to mark where you are going to cut or carve the sides of the background to fit it on the aquarium. This ensures no undesirable edges are overlapping. Make sure all the sides are even and up to your standards before you apply the background. If you are not happy with the dimensions before you apply it, then you will struggle to fix it after.
The 5 Easiest and Best Methods for Applying an Aquarium Background Are:
2. Safe Glue
4. Cooking Oil
5. Static Cling
Silicone for Interior Backgrounds
If you want to put the background on the inside of the aquarium, you need to use aquarium safe glue. Aquarium silicone is a top choice for this background application. The aquarium will have to be free of water before this can be done.
You can outline silicone along the rim of the aquarium’s panel. To make sure the background is secure, make a line of silicone down the middle. Press down the background to get rid of bubbles and unevenness. Let the silicone dry for 2 hours before adding water.
There are many options to use to make sure your aquarium background is kept securely in place. To get rid of any air bubbles after apply the aquarium background, we recommend using a credit or debit card to smooth down the bubbles. We hope this article has helped you decide on a method you can easily apply your aquarium background.
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