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I would suggest against painting the sides. It definitely cuts down on observation points. But then again snow is a MFK. I guess you couldn't really miss a monster, or could you? The only reason I've seen people paint 3 sides and the bottom is for breeding purposes. I used to paint the bottom and the backs of my tanks all the time.

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I didn't paint the sides on my 15 gallon even though it needs it. In the afternoon one side gets direct sunlight. What I did was put flat black craft paper on it. Didn't want the hassle of scrapping it all off if I had to change the tank around later.
 

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Now that sounds like a logical reason. I say do it Snow.

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