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Old 10-18-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
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Tank Backgrounds

One of my favorite things to do on this forum, other than asking dumb questions, is to check out pics of tank set-ups.
One thing ive noticed is that some people use backrounds and some people dont.

I really like the look of both examples and for different reasons. So, what i want to know is why do you choose to either have one or not?
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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There's 3 main reasons I prefer to use backgrounds.

1) It hides the equipment thats behind the tank.

2) It gives an aquarium an aspect of having more depth

3) It helps to make what's in the tank (fish, plants, corals, etc) stand out and their colors pop out better.
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There's 3 main reasons I prefer to use backgrounds.

1) It hides the equipment thats behind the tank.

2) It gives an aquarium an aspect of having more depth

3) It helps to make what's in the tank (fish, plants, corals, etc) stand out and their colors pop out better.
Ditto.

Sometimes I mess around with several backgrounds until I find one I like. Sometimes a completely black one looks great, other times it makes the tank look dark and dreary. I prefer to stick with solid colors myself, but I have seen some neat 3-D backgrounds as well.
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I try to use backgrounds that complement the aquascaping (i.e. rocks and plants to match what is in the tank). I think it gives the illusion of being more natural and larger. Of course each background is also hiding all of the ugly filters, wiring, pumps, etc.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:47 PM   #5
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how bout you guys that dont use them.....whats the story?
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They are cheap? and dont want to spend the money
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:09 PM   #7
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They are cheap? and dont want to spend the money
lol...thats not even funny. some of the most expensive looking set-ups didnt have a backround. im sure that a 2 dollar backround (or whatever they cost) couyld have fit the budget

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I used a background on my 72 for the life of the tank. It worked for my first SW tank. When I upgraded I decided I would paint the back of the tank blue rather then use a background. I did this so the focus is on the corals and fish in my tank rather then a cool looking background.
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I used a background on my 72 for the life of the tank. It worked for my first SW tank. When I upgraded I decided I would paint the back of the tank blue rather then use a background. I did this so the focus is on the corals and fish in my tank rather then a cool looking background.
yeah ive been following ur build thread...ive seen that tank. very nice. the only thing i dont like bout painting is its permanent. i change my mind way too much for that.
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I would say it is semi-permanent. A razor blade will make short work of the paint but that is not easy to do once the tank is set up. The blue we chose was somewhat light and make it look as though you are looking way off in the distance underwater.
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