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Old 12-02-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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Need help.

Can anyone tell me if I should have a background on my 55gl tank.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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You can put a background on it! The main focus should be on the live rock or reef you have. Try to pick a background that won't take your attention. You can also paint the back the tank a solid colour!
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:47 PM   #3
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So do I need one because I have it set up to see both sides.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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No you don't need one!
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:49 PM   #5
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IMO a plain black one is the best b/c it's attractive/makes colors pop a lot. You can cover the tank w/ newspaper and spray paint the back. It's really easy and doesn't take much effort. Krylon (from Walmart) works really nicely. I wouldn't suggest having a background other than a plain color. For example having a background of a reef..well why not have your own reef!
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A background is NOT needed. Background is purely preference IMO.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:52 PM   #7
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Oh if it's viewable from both sides then there's no point in covering it up.
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So it won't stress the fish out if I can see them on both sides.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:51 AM   #9
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No. As long as you have an aquascape where the fish can hide in the rock. The more places available for fish to hide, the more bold they become.
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So it won't stress the fish out if I can see them on both sides.
I agree with obscurereef. it wont stress them out. The main function of a background (IMHO) is to hide the tubes, plumbing, cords and other items that take away from the visual aspects of the tank.
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