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Backround Color?

This may be a dumb question but I'm gonna ask it anyway- Why does everybody use a black backround when that color absorbs more light than any other color? Why wouldn't you use white?

I would think that would be the brightest and most beneficial. I build decks for a living and when I work on a house that has been painted white or another light color I find my self squinting all day and having a headache from the bright light.

I understand that black looks great as a backround color aesthetically.

I may just be dumb and missing something obvious but I am just to curious.
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I understand that black looks great as a backround color aesthetically.
That's the answer for me.

Some ppl do use white, though.





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I use black and blue, depending on the tank. Black shows more color in plants and fish, but blue makes the tank look bigger. Show's more depth.

White will show ALL of the dirt in the tank, and all the algae growing on the wall. IME, back walls are hard to clean because of plants, pipes, tubes, etc. You would want something that would hide algae.

In my 40, I have a black background, mostly to show off my fish. I have black gravel, black slate, and a black background. As far as fish go, I have Psuedotropheus saulosi. Males are blue, females are golden yellow. It's my display tank in my room, so I wanted the fish to pop.

In my 29, I have a black background, because it shows all my plants really well. The fish show up well too. The gravel is a reddish color. This tank is in front of a window, so when the sun shines on it, the blue on the backside of the black background shows through a bit, so my background shows a hint of blue in it, which is pretty cool.

In my 16 bow, I have blue, because it has fake plants in it, so I wanted most of the color to come from the fish, which the blue helps with. I have glo danios, harlies, gouramis, etc. in it. I haev alot of reddish fish, and red and blue goes very well together IMO.

On my 20 long, I have a reflective silver background. It's like a mirror, so it reflects a bit of light, but it has my N. multifasctatus in it, and no plants, so it really doesn't matter much, but I would never have this color on a planted tank.

My friend has a blue background on her planted 29, and it looks really nice.

When I set up my 20 long shrimp tank, I'm prolly gonna use black, just cause it'll show the reds and blues in the shrimps I'm planning on getting really well.

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Some people believe that a white background stresses the fish.
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I think white not only would stress fish, but people too...remember Larenmws,
you get headaches from bright sunshine and light colored houses...I think black makes everything in the tank pop!! if you don't like plain colored backgrounds you could always make one or look into 3D backgrounds...

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...ackground2.php
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...ackground3.php

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I use black to help hide any equipment (most of which is gray) and is brings out the colors of plants and fish more.

I eventually want to make a 3D background, but breaking the tank down will be a PITA and haven't got the nerve to do that yet.

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My 75 gallon has a light blue cloth on the back. I also have one of those printed ones.
But I like the blue one best. I can just threw it in the wash when I need too and it looks great.
Just go to my tank profiles and look at the tank it has pictures of both bg's.
Thinking I might get some other colors. I paid only 2 bucks for it. lol

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had black on my 20, then put white on. i dont really like the white though. imo it gives the tank a little more depth than the black but it also makes the background more noticeable in the spots where it can be seen. i think im gonna try blue on my 16g

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Because white is unnatural in a sense, too. Having such bright light coming from seemingly below the surface, laterally from the fish, would probably freak the fish out. Black is perfect, in a sense, because it doesn't reflect any light, making sure that the plants and fish experience "daylight" in the natural way--from above.
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Black for me too!!! It just makes every thing pop!!
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I posted this out of curiousity. I have Black backrounds on all my tanks. I wasn't even thinking about the fact that any algae growth on the back would be really obvious.
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When I have a background it's black. The wall behind the tank is an adobe puke color and at times take the black plastic off for a change. Depends on how many plants are back there.

I have seen some (PJAN?) that use a muted violet and looks awesome.

Some experiments I've seen that is different is using low voltage LED to reflect colors up to splash different colors...

All depends on your taste.

Black just creates a big contrast that it usually wins in my book.

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