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Old 06-04-2005, 07:31 PM   #11
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Mirrors are not good with fish. Scrap that idea.
How so?
For interests sake, thats all

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Old 06-04-2005, 07:32 PM   #12
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I'm one who has one of those tacky (and I agree!) backgrounds of printed corals. I covered half the back of the tank in plain black, then plain blue, while the other half had the coral photo. All family members (husband, teen son and daughter, and visiting adult daughter) all picked the coral print!

One more point: I don't mind the coral photo background, and as I add more rock the photo seems to look more and more just like faraway natural background.

Am I making sense?

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Old 06-04-2005, 09:20 PM   #13
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Old 06-04-2005, 10:52 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by DeFeKt

Mirrors are not good with fish. Scrap that idea.
How so?
For interests sake, thats all
Many fish do not peacfully survive in captivity with like species and the mirrors can confuse this defense reaction to similar species when seeing their own reflection and cause them injury when they "attack" the mirror image.
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I didnt put a background on now it looks silly seeing the fuge/protien skimmer in back. I would suggest a black one it enhances the colors.
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:59 AM   #16
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SeriousDude, I had a similar issue and I just cut a black plastic trash bag, slid it under the hardware on the back of the tank, and fastened in place. Of course, whether it works will depend on your partical setup.
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Old 06-05-2005, 03:52 PM   #17
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Those tape on backgrounds look cheesy IMO.
Painted black background for me. Makes corals and fish stand out too!
Don't even bring up the mirror question. That is forbidden.

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I have black on mine right now, my husband loves it, but I think it is too dark...since a recent trip to the bahamas, I have decided to paint some plexiglass that exact color of the water and it would of course be cut to fit the back of my tank...and secure it with velcro on top and bottom. This way it will be removable. My friend did this with hers and paited it with different types of dark blue. It kind of looked at the bottom that you were going into deeper waters. Any time you get tired of the color you can just paint over it and reattach it. I am changing the senery with the hopes of getting that corraline off the back....we'll see how that goes...

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