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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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use of a back ground?

i see alot of tanks with blue , black back ground i was wondering what people think. Do you gain anything from it? is it better for the plants or just better for your eyes? please help


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It’s better to look at.
I have filter hoses, CO2 tubing, electrical cords hanging down in back of the aquariums.
I use black poster board which hides all the hardware and also looks good.

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Re: use of a back ground?

It's personal choice, really. For my FW tanks, I am partial to a black background. For me, it keeps things clean by hiding filter hoses, etc.

There are photos of some rimless masterpieces in the forums that are breathtaking. Typically, they don't have a background. Intakes and outlets can be clear "lilly pipes" to reduce visibility. I've seen them mounted on the sides rather than the back to further reduce visibility.

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Like the others I'm usually just hiding everything that's ran up the back, although plants and fish stand out pretty well against a black background IMO.

I generally just paint the back of tank with satin black krylon spray paint, and then spray my intakes and outputs with satin black krylon fusion. They blend into the background well and are pretty much unnoticeable from across the room.

If a had a tank with a drilled bottom I would probably go for a no background approach.


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in my current 75g I am using a very pale blue that very close to white. After trying blue, black and no background on various tanks, the pale blue looks fantastic to my eyes.


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hey there thanks everyone im gonna try some different back grounds and see how they look...arigato (thank you)


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You can also get some window tinting kits (for cars) that fade from silver to black, or blue to black, etc. A little bit $$$ but still neat. I use black poster board and it really makes the green plants POP. However, it also increases the visibility of algae on the glass.


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I use dark background on densely planted "jungle" tanks to add a sense of depth and endless plants. I use lighter backgrounds on my open tanks to create a sense of sky.

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you can also use a vinal sticker (no actual adhesives, uses static cling) type thing you can get from a sign shop really cheap. easily installed and easily removed. i have seen lots of holiday window decorations made out of that stuff.
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its all asthetics, if your handy u can make a custom background that would have a 3d effect. then u can hide all ur inlets and outlets make shelfs/bowls for plants and outcrops to. they just take some planing but when done right its night and day diff like a reg tank to a planted, its all on how much time, cash u want to spend on it.
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thanks for the great advice


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