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馃憢 Hey everyone! New member here and my first post. I'm currently in the research phase now. I had tree frogs when I was a kid and am looking to get back into it with some Leucs. One choice I'm deciding on is to apply a background to the backside only or to the back and sides. If I did do the sides, they would be visible and nothing would be obstructing the view of them from the outside. So, my question is, with the foam and silicone against the tank, does it look terrible from the outside or not? Post pics, please. Thank you!
 

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many people paint or cover the outside behind the background. My project had a painted back already. there are a few places were the foam crossed over to the sides and I had to seal it. It is not unattractive to me. This is a spot where there was a void I needed to seal.
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many people paint or cover the outside behind the background. My project had a painted back already. there are a few places were the foam crossed over to the sides and I had to seal it. It is not unattractive to me. This is a spot where there was a void I needed to seal. View attachment 313009
That's a great idea. Thank you very much and for attaching a pic!
 

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I prefer background all the way around because it provides more useable/plantable space. I did a back-only background on a viv that鈥檚 more visible in the room thinking that it鈥檇 look better. The thing I didn鈥檛 think about until later is that the side glass ends up looking cruddy in time as it gets dirtier. (Even with RO water, the animals track dirt and poop everywhere). Cleaning it often enough to keep it nice would disturb the animals, and I don鈥檛 even think I could do a decent job trying to reach around the plants and hardscape.

Another thing that people try is black contact paper on the outside of their viv. This sounds more appealing to me than paint because it sounds like it鈥檇 be easier to undo if you change your mind or redesign later. Admittedly, I haven鈥檛 tried either method.
 

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@solidsnake , @MasterOogway , and @niputidea the black contact paper is a genius idea! I was just about to research painting on glass, but this method seems far less destructive and seems like the results would be a lot nicer. Definitely going to look into this!
I鈥檓 also about to build my first Viv and I鈥檝e decided to go the black contact paper route. I watch this guy from Korea on YouTube (biotope gallery) and his vivs look super sleek with the black contact paper.
 
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