02-20-2010, 07:19 PM
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I need to get a background for my tank, but my lfs is out of the size I need. It's all too short!
There's maybe 6 inches of the size I need. But to answer your question, a background is only for you. Your fish couldn't care less; in my 10 gallon, when it had fish in it, I used a saltwater background (I was a complete beginner) and it had no effect on the fish. But now I'm getting a freshwater background, because I think on a tank as big as mine, people will notice it more when they walk through the room. It's also nice if the decor in your tank matches your background.
BTW, I don't do my own backgrounds (guess that was kind of obvious) and I don't find the ones in my lfs cheesy. I think of something like a Finding Nemo background as cheesy.