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How to get a frosted pale background look

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by Gfish, May 3, 2011.

  1. Gfish

    Gfish New Member

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    Hi all
    This is a curiosity I've had for a long time and never asked.

    Many tanks on here and elsewhere in the Planted tanks world, a common look is that of a pale background of White, grey, blue, green that looks non uniform. In other words lit more at the top or edges or middle etc.

    Is this done by a light suspended above that shines light down the back as well as inside?

    An example is the link given in the last post about how to achieve a slope like this.....

    Cheers

    Gavin :)
     
  2. ghostmonk

    ghostmonk Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Window (privacy) film from HD
     
  3. Gfish

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    HD ? Sorry for the ignorance, but do you have a link please??? :)
     
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    I have not seen it online but walk into home depot and ask for window privacy film or look around the window section.
     
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    Thanks guys,
    So these are all vaguely transparent and you simply have a suspended light that throws light down the back as well as into the tank, yes?
    So the colour of the wall behind plays a big part in the colour shown in the tank?

    Gavin

    P.s. I've not seen this here in the UK but I'm sure somewhere must sell it.
     
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    Frosted plastic film = IKEA
     
  8. Gfish

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    :) thanks for that. I shall take a look one day.
    Cheers
     
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    Great name Gfish, Glad to see another Gavin on the forum.
     
  10. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Wilko's sell it, you may have to buy it online though as not all strores hold it. While in town, visit the art shops and have a look at poster boards, this is what I use behind my tanks as backgrounds and they make a lot of difference.
     
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    I use the foam poster boards as well. They work great. Much better than what most pet stores sell, that plastic background stuff is a joke.

    I've tilted it out slightly on one tank and used an undercabinet flourescent light below it to give it some back lighting. It looks good. Its a simple easy way to get the backlighting effect.
     
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    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Especially when combined with a frosted back, you can get it thats "graded" too which is a very nice effect when you use the blue to white one.
     

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