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    I have a small aquarium right next to a window, and want to keep the temperature as low as possible. I am wondering---what color of background would provide the best way of keeping the temperature low in the aquarium? I'm not sure if black or dark blue would be best or not. Black might keep out sunlight, but it also might heat up more, so I'm not sure if that would help me out here.

    Perhaps another issue is what the color should be on the side facing away from the aquarium, facing the sun. Perhaps that side is the most important for my purposes?
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    Dark colors would heat up more than lighter colors

    I would suggest using two colors. Apply the color that you want see in the tank first. this will allow you to have the look you want. Then cover this with a white coating to help reflect heat.
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    Depending on the duration and intensity of the sunlight hitting the tank, even a very light color facing the window might transfer more heat to the tank than you'd want. I wonder if a piece of Styrofoam attached to the back--over whatever color you want for a background--might give you some improvement in reducing heat transfer into the tank. Styrofoam might not be the most visually elegant solution, but being a small tank in direct sunlight is a bit like being between a rock and a hard place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    Dark colors would heat up more than lighter colors

    I would suggest using two colors. Apply the color that you want see in the tank first. this will allow you to have the look you want. Then cover this with a white coating to help reflect heat.
    That sounds simple enough. I'll go tomorrow and get something. Most backing that Ive seen in LFS is two-sided, so it shouldn't be that hard to find a dark/light combo. If that doesn't work, I'll try Baxter's solution.

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    A word of caution...if you are talking about the mylar backing that you apply with the background "gel" stuff, you'll end up disappointed....that's what I did, and it started to peel and bubble in no time

    Painting is definitely the way to go
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    A word of caution...if you are talking about the mylar backing that you apply with the background "gel" stuff, you'll end up disappointed....that's what I did, and it started to peel and bubble in no time

    Painting is definitely the way to go
    I've never heard it referred to as mylar, but a quick google search revealed that it is a thin sheet of plastic, so I suppose that is what I have. I've only attached it with packaging tape, and never had a problem with it.
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