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Old 09-15-2011, 06:38 PM   #1
 
Backround why?

Why is it that there is not a larger variety of backrounds out there? Especially different solid colors?

I understand that black and blue are the most popular and most likely the best way to show your fish but I have been trying to find something that will match the decor in my living room. Black feels to somber to me and blue is just to glaring a contrast to the sedate brown and greens of my living room. SURELY other people have these issues!

I would love to find a solid dark color that would match better but after hours of searching I cannot find anything.

Does anyone have creative ideas on creating back rounds? I saw someone else's back round topic... those back rounds were beautiful but way above my skill level :)
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
 
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There are a lot of ways to make backgrounds. One of the most popular is to use spray paint. Just go to the store and pick out the color you are looking for. You should be able to find it because there are tons more colors of spray paints than backgrounds. Once you find the right color, paint the outside of the glass on the back of the tank. The other option is to get a piece of poster board and cut it to size. Then spray paint the poster board and tape it to the tank. This is usually the better option because if you ever change the tank, then you can easily remove the background.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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Go with the black, the point of a background is to show off the inhabitants not the tank, plus any color you chose will become distorted under the color of the water and lights so it will be hard to find a perfect match in your head. But of course if you are still set on it, spray painting the back of the tank is the best method.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:30 PM   #4
 
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you can be creative when it comes to backgrounds, you dont have to do the common DIY background with styrofoam and cement. You could make a moss wall using the cross stich plastic grids sold in hobby stores. You could silicone sand and/or stones to a material like styrofoam that then go's onto the back inside your tank. I have seen plastic gutter used with holes to create a natural background.
Just google aquarium backgrounds and pick which one you prefer....good luck it can be fun to make one.
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:50 AM   #5
 
I definitely do not want to paint the tank but the spraypaint on poster board might work! The moss wall idea is also really neat since I do plan on live plants.

Could you give me more information on this? ie, How to attach the plants, which plants to choose, how to attach the cross stitch material.

thanks.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:13 AM   #6
 
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Ive never done it before, but another option might be wrapping paper? There are lots of solid colors for birthday/Christmas wrapping paper in case you want a sheen that you cant get with spray paint. Just a thought.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:05 PM   #7
 
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Let us remember that the fish have to live in the aquarium. The background is, or should be, suited to the fish, not our decor in the room. The place for fancy coloured or "motion" backgrounds is on a computer screen, not a fish tank.

Fish are sensitive to their surroundings. Stress is the main, almost the only, cause of fish health problems and premature death. The environment inside the tank is key.

A plain dark-coloured background works both to calm the fish and show off their colours. Black is often used because it is basically "invisible" (provided it is not shiny), and black construction paper is the least expensive way to do this. Dark brown would also work, or dark gray. The focus should be the fish and plants in the aquarium, not the background. If you can first notice the background when you look into the aquarium, it is likely not suitable.

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Old 09-16-2011, 01:42 PM   #8
 
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Let us remember that the fish have to live in the aquarium. The background is, or should be, suited to the fish, not our decor in the room. The place for fancy coloured or "motion" backgrounds is on a computer screen, not a fish tank.

Fish are sensitive to their surroundings. Stress is the main, almost the only, cause of fish health problems and premature death. The environment inside the tank is key.

A plain dark-coloured background works both to calm the fish and show off their colours. Black is often used because it is basically "invisible" (provided it is not shiny), and black construction paper is the least expensive way to do this. Dark brown would also work, or dark gray. The focus should be the fish and plants in the aquarium, not the background. If you can first notice the background when you look into the aquarium, it is likely not suitable.

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please i see you are very close minded . it may not be your thing and that is fine but my fish are not stressed at all. actually the aggression in the tank increases when i remove it. as for the background it does display the fish in a different way . u don't like it that is fine but it is only your opinion which is based on speculation not fact and it has nothing to do with the environment inside the tank. I am not afraid to be different i find you quote very funny

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Old 09-16-2011, 02:13 PM   #9
 
Oh Byron :)

I am not talking Vegas here.
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:20 PM   #10
 
light and motion can be problems for fish. i don't know that color by itself would be, but i can see how it would detract from the beauty of the fish.
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