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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Background vs no background

Background vs no background?

Going to be purchasing a 20 gal and starting my first ever (truly) planted tank. who has backgrounds with there planted tanks?

I have a background with my ten gallon (gravel with plants) but i am curious about opinions!
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I personally prefer a solid black background. My equipment blends well into the background which is a plus. Plants also look great against the black I've never tried white or no background, too many wires with no background lol

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I'm another fan of black background - I do mine by painting right on the back of the tank.

Keeps you from seeing all the hardware/filters/tubing/wires behind the tank, and it helps in-tank stuff (wires, heaters, filter uptakes, etc.) just blend into the shadows.
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Oh, yes, I agree with the other writers: black is the only way to go.
Painted the back of my tank black and it makes the plants and fish really pop visually.
Plus, I've read that a dark background helps the fish feel more secure.

After reading about how other people did it, I used a cheap paintbrush and applied several coats of cheap latex paint -- easy and effective.

Good luck with your project!
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1 more for black....
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I just like a solid black background... Things stand out against it and it doesn't look like a 9-year-old's derpy goldfish tank.
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Black or dark is the easy way. Paint the back of the tank with cheap craft acrylic paint. I've done black, and just did one with a dark blue, really like it.

White or window film is harder. You have to keep the glass clean because anything growing on it shows up. Looks better if you can keep equipment out of the tank.

You have to do something, to hide all the cords and stuff behind the tank.
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right! this is usefull! ill have to pick up some cheap craft paint when i get my tank!!
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It does give any spooky fish a place to hide behind things without a reflection to watch out on that side.
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Black background. Next time I get a new tank I'd plastidip the back of tank.
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Lots of fans of black backgrounds here. They're great, but so is med./dark blue imo.
here's some of my tanks - all with dark blue backgrounds and white PFS as substrate:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...uspaul/Anubias
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I paint the outside of the glass black and if I really want to do it right I break up slate floor tiles and glue them on on the inside and use moss in between the cracks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFD0whHsse0#t=74

a vid of my 40b that is done like that
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Yeah, I always use a black background on my tank. Several of my tanks I painted the background on with spray paint. But I've found that it's kind of inconsistent, so I'll usually just use the background stuff.
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if the tank is able to be viewed from all sides, don't use a background.
if its against a wall, use a black background.

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I like the modern look of no background, or frosted glass. It can be trickier to make look really nice because it's harder to hide wires, filter pipes etc with no background.
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