Sporn Static Cling Classic Black Aquarium Background, Small

By Sporn
Rated 3.7059 out of 5 stars
$9.99Chewy Price
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About This Item


  • Static cling background is the perfect touch to enhance your saltwater or freshwater aquarium.
  • Easy to apply straight out of the package with cling design–no tape or glue needed.
  • Adds depth and dimension to your aquarium by reducing background light and clutter from the surrounding room.
  • Keeps unsightly stains, electrical cords, thermometers and filters out of sight and makes your aquarium accessories stand out.
  • Small is 24 x 12 inches and medium is 36 x 18 inches; can be trimmed to fit a wide range of tanks.

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Questions & Answers

10 Customer Questions

What size would be good for a 10 gallon tank?
Answer by ChewyNov 26, 2020
The Small background measures 24 inches long x 12 inches wide and the Medium background measures 36 inches long x 18 inches wide. This product can be or trimmed or multiple backgrounds may be used to fit a wide range of tanks.

Is this reflective when placed on the outside of the tank? Will my betta or turtle be able to see their reflections if put this in either of their habits?
Answer by ChewyJan 15, 2021
Sporn Static Cling Classic Black Aquarium Background is not reflective.

will this fit a 5 gallon glass tank???
Answer by ChewyJan 16, 2020
For all the dimensions of each size, click the “Size” tab, next to the “Description” and "Instructions" tab, just under the product photos. We recommend measuring the length and width of where you'd like to place this background. This product can be or trimmed or multiple backgrounds may be used to fit a wide range of tanks.

Would this block sunlight/natural light? I'm looking to reduce algae from partial sun exposure.
Answer by ChewyApr 12, 2021
This classic black background will not allow light through it.

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Rated 3.7059 out of 5 stars
34 Ratings
Would recommend to a friend

34 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By DebJune on Mar 4, 2023

great background

First of all……don’t believe any of the negative reviews! We bought this for our aquarium #3. Went with mostly black and white decorations and this was awesome!! Cut it to size, peeled off grid paper, sprayed the back of the tank with water and a tad of dish soap solution (I use a lot of this solution on the back) and I then placed my background on where it should be and squeegeed it smooth. This removes almost all the solution from underneath. Make sure you have some paper towels handy. I found that the squeegee you get from Pampered Chef works great! Anyway background is great and I’d buy it again and again if need be. Static Cling are my favorites but not easy to find. Enjoy!!!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By embiggenator on Feb 8, 2023

Works Decently

It was fairly simple to apply and it's nice that I can remove/re-apply it as needed, but as some other people are stating, it's a bit difficult to apply it without getting bubbles or marks on the glass. They suggest you apply it by spraying the back of the tank with a spray bottle, but I think if the water pools anywhere when you do that, it ends up as a blob after you apply it. Regarding the people complaining about the color, they need to take the backing material off (described in the instructions). They're applying the back side of the background which is blueish grey.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Wood on May 29, 2022

Poor quality

Very poor quality item .I purchased 2 of these just in case.(2 black).I pulled backing off 1st by myself and noticed white streaks after applying.tried 2nd one with 2 people separating backing very slowly and smoothly. Applied and lo and behold white streaks again. Save your time and money.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By ryn2011 on Jan 8, 2022

Better Than Expected

I bought this on a whim and out of curiosity. I must say that I'm impressed with it. Not a lot of backgrounds are setup in a way that makes it user friendly. This is static cling and outside of wiping of the tank wall and having a credit card and a pair of scissors you don't need much. It clings very well, goes on nicely and cuts easily. The backing has a grid system on it in inches so it makes it way easier to cut exactly the amount you'll need. Also, it comes rolled so once you have the edge started you can unroll and smooth it out as you go. I would not recommend this for anyone that wants utter perfection. There will be some bubbles, tiny but still. You'll be the only one that will notice them. Outside of the tiny bubbles this is a 5star product. Would recommend to anyone that wants to try a black background. If you love the black but hate the lil bubbles, than you can paint it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Rave on Oct 23, 2021

Used it for snake enclosure but wish there was more on the roll

I used this static cling to black out the outside of my ball pythons enclosure, so that it feels more like a den for her. I only have a 20 gallon tank right now and I almost used all of it to cover the entire enclosure (except the front). So if I get a bigger one or if you have a bigger tank and use this for covering the sides and back you may not have enough with one roll. This is made for fish tanks, so I can understand. But I wanted to mention this in case anyone else buys this for the same reason.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Tcarlyy on Nov 19, 2021

The Color Isn’t Black

This was super easy to apply but it’s not black. It appears light grey or even blue, regardless of the lighting behind the tank. So bummed. Will definitely be replacing it.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By 3cats on Aug 3, 2021

not opaque

plastic is thin and not black; coating of black is added to plastic and can crack/scar easily; final look reads more like dark gray than black. the lack of opacity like other backgrounds isn't as pleasing. if it stays put it can keep the third star...

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By nico on May 27, 2021

seemed simple enough, but...

I followed the instructions to the letter but was left with a lot of mini air bubbles and marks. I tried to gently smooth them out with a piece of cardboard (instructions call for a razor), and it tore. I had it less than a day.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Ethuna on Mar 28, 2021

It’s okay...

I really wanted to love this product. The idea of static cling instead of sticky substance on my tank is awesome. That part worked well. However, after applying the product and smoothing it out, I was left with a lot of tiny bubbles and a few mini tears that light can shine through. Because of the bubbles the background is not as black as I thought it would be. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative for a sticky tank background you can give this a try, maybe you’ll have better luck than I did.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LissaB on Mar 1, 2021

Black Static Cling Looks Great

I was a little skeptical about the black aquarium background but am glad I got it. It was easy to follow the directions, easy to cut, easy to place and line up, easy to get the bubbles out, etc. I missed one bubble but I actually have decided I like the look of it at the back of the tank and don't feel it detracts from the overall effect enough to go back and do it again. I'm glad I bought it. I've gotten a compliment on how good it looks from the one person who has seen it.