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Mirror background: cheesy?

I'm trying to pick out a tank background. The tank will be very lightly planted so the background will be visible. I think I'll go with black or mirrored, but not sure which. Would a mirror background look (1) cheesy or (2) make the tank look weirdly proportioned? (The tank has a 2'x4' footprint and is 30" high, so it's already a little odd looking.)
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if you look at my 29gal is has a mirror on the back of the cabinet it's housed in, not against actual tank glass itself. my tank's only 12" deep so the mirror gives it extra depth. if you put a mirror in the back of a 4'x2' it will look like a cube, so i don't know if that's such a good idea. besides a 2' deep tank should be so deep with plants you should not depend on the back reflection to "fill" it. I would go with a blue or black back instead, or I would position the tank so you can see from both sides of it and keep it clear back and put all the filter tubes and wires on a short end; that's what I plan to do once I get me a monster tank. oh, another idea for you seeing as it will be sparsely planted is to get a 3d foam background or cover a clear background with artificial vines or a live moss wall. either way, a mirror won't enhance your tank IMHO.


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I am using mirror backgrounds on my 100gal and 10gal tanks. I like the sense of depth they give to a tank.

Possible downsides:

1) Any diatom/greendust alga becomes very visible, so either your tank isn't plagued by it, or you have a good cleanup crew, or you clean that yourself.

2) If the tank is sparsely planted, and in a well-lit room, you will see your lovely face as a reflection.


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How is number 2 a downside?

It will be sparsely planted so the back will be visible. And it will be nearly impossible for me to clean the back so...black does sound like the better choice. I'd love to do a moss wall. The tank is very hard to work in, unfortunately, and it will house goldfish, so I'll be trying potted plants and epiphytes (what's an underwater epiphyte called?). I think a moss wall qualifies...and it's perfect for setting off orange!

Thanks...I think it'll be black.
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