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What to use for background?

We have a 10gal aqueon tank. Curently it has no background. I think a background might help the look of the tank. Its got a moss tree two moss balls and some moss growing on various small rocks. We have a black sand substrate. Would a black background look good. I want something that is going to make the colors of our fish stand out more and the beautiful moss. What can I use for a background what works well what doesent. Any recomendations on color?

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If the tank is well lit, then black will work well.
Any darker color can work well, too. It will make the fish show up better. Many fish will color up better when they are in darker surroundings.

Test all the things you can find with different colors and see what you like:
Colored paper, towels, anything, just as a test for color preferences.
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If the tank is well lit, then black will work well.
Any darker color can work well, too. It will make the fish show up better. Many fish will color up better when they are in darker surroundings.

Test all the things you can find with different colors and see what you like:
Colored paper, towels, anything, just as a test for color preferences.
May be some construction paper in different colors. The light in the tank is decent its the one that came with it. Its got a purple tent to it I was told it would make the colors show up better but I dont know if it really does or not.

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I like mist backgrounds like frosted window film and white film.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2013, 10:55 PM
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IMO anything is better than nothing, but nothing looks near as good as a nice 3d rock background

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I like to use black spray paint. Yes, you can get the background paper from the fish store, but it's a pain to get it to seal to the glass with no bubbles.
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I personally don't care for the rock backgrounds - they look too busy for my taste.

Black would look nice - dark blue is also a good choice. If your fish are darker colored or if you have alot of dark decor in the tank then I would stick with a lighter color background. I think a nice vibrant blue can look very nice and make the vivid green plants pop and will also show off darker colored fish nicely.

I've used construction paper, the store bought backgrounds, and even fabric. Just play around with different things until you find what you like.
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I pretty much agree with Mr2, but a 10 gallon is kinda small, and putting an in-tank background can chew up quite a bit of space. twixt that, and the substrate, you won't have much room left for plants and fish.

I really like the way a painted back looks. I've used spray paint in the past, but recently did one with brush-on latex. I think the spray paint was much easier, and took less time, but the latex is better/safer for using indoors - took a few coats though.

I like black because it helps make the colors of fish and plants stand out, and most equipment is usually black, so it just kind of melts into the shadows, and doesn't detract from what you want to look at.
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Poster board. Get some that is taller than your needs and bend it somewhere down near the middle. You can get some interesting lighting effects doing this. Poster board is also cheap and easily changed out.
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I have been looking a lot at aquascaping lately, ant those that strike me the most have a white backgroung and at least some clear sand.

In a video I saw, the guy put some kind of frosted paper on the back of the tank, and white sheets right behind it (anything white does the trick because of the frosting), and it looked awesome!
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My background is light blue. I painted some poster board.

My fish might show up better w/ a darker background but the tank is in a dark spot & black made the entire tank dark - even though my substrate is light.

When I upgrade my light I'll have to see if I want to change it.

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Black fabric at Walmart + tape. Cheap. Machine washable. Easy.
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Some SE Asia themes might go well with some kind of bamboo. I don't know, though, just wondering.

I had solid blue wrapping paper but I didn't like it that much and I replaced it with black construction paper. That really did the trick until I spilled some water on it. I think the thicker posterboard would do better.

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If you paint it use acrylic paint (craft section) and a foam roller. Peels off easy too.
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