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post #1 of 74 Old 12-15-2009, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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I currently have a poster of rocks for my background on my tank. I am looking for a background that will allow the fish and plants to really stand out. I was thinking black because I have black and white substrate. Does anyone else have black for their background? I'm wondering how it looks before I order it (LFS does not carry black). Also, does anyone know a good website to get backgrounds? Thanks for the help and input!!
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post #2 of 74 Old 12-15-2009, 09:12 PM
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The easiest & cheapest to do: If you have kids get into their art& crafts stuff - If not go to Walmart and buy different colors construction papers of colors you like....Hold them behind the tank see what you like best.
And if you really do wanna go for black, your best bet is window tint (cheaper then black posters and no need to order online, get that at Walmart too

Its really gonna depend what fish you have, eg. Cardinals will really "pop" with black; then it of cause depends what YOU like to see as well
But construction paper is a easy way & easily exchangeable any time

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I used to have a "greenplanted" background and switched it for black. I love! Makes the fish and the plants stand out. A nondescript color will do that! It lets the decor speak for itself. I recommend it.
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post #4 of 74 Old 12-15-2009, 10:39 PM
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I have several black backgrounds. I like the glossy black and attach all the BGs with Seaview.

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post #6 of 74 Old 12-16-2009, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Wow Angel, never heard of window tint for an aquarium. That's pretty creative! I don't have children of my own, but being a teacher for 4 years, I have plenty of construction paper Good idea!

Hawkian, is that black background on your 32g right now? If so, I love it too!
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post #7 of 74 Old 12-16-2009, 09:11 AM
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Wow Angel, never heard of window tint for an aquarium. That's pretty creative! I don't have children of my own, but being a teacher for 4 years, I have plenty of construction paper
The construction paper I like cause you can play around with different colors till its "just right" the window tint I like cause if you get the high one's its nice & black and shiny and its easy to apply and you don't need to mess with scotch tape and its a nice "solid" look

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post #8 of 74 Old 12-16-2009, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I'll try to swing by Walmart tonight. The only issue with window tint is that I can't get behind my tank to set it perfectly. It is against a wall which might make it difficult. I am definitely interested in the high gloss black now though
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post #9 of 74 Old 12-16-2009, 10:27 AM
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Good point... hadn't thought about it sorry...I always only use it before setting up the tank, laying it down on the ground fixing it up

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post #10 of 74 Old 12-16-2009, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Gotcha. I'm excited. Last night I spent over an hour doing my PWC and rearranging all my plants and adding some new ones to fill out my tank more and now I love it. Then I was looking at the backgroundand it really wasn't doing anything for me. I realized by adding a solid color (like black since it will go nicely with my substrate) it'll just bring everything together and make the fish more noticeable
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