02-17-2009, 02:32 PM
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The easiest way to get a black background is to tape a piece of black poster board from a pharmacy or office supply store to the back. It's less than $2.00 a sheet, and you'll only need one sheet. Just cut it to fit.
You have all sorts of options stocking and decorating your tank. Some like a natural look, and some like bright colors with entertaining decorations like "no fishing" signs. In addition to fish, you might consider a few large apple snails, which get to be golf ball size, and people enjoy watching. Or, if you have small, peaceful fish, you might consider some red shrimp. You have many options, good luck and please keep us updated on what you decide.