01-02-2007, 01:54 AM
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Why do the pictures I have seen on the forum have no backgrounds? I have been in this hobby going on 40 years, and I have always seen tanks with some sort of background. It may be as simple as a coat of paint on the outside of the back of the tank or a commercial background. I have competed in many shows with decorated tanks and wouldn't think of not having some sort of background, painted or other. The background hides those unsightly cords, air lines, and water hoses from view. Sure does increase the asthetic value. Even my lfs's have them. The backgrounds, if done tastefully, enhance the color of the of the overall aquascape, both fish and plants. So, help an oldtimer understand, is this a new concept or just a matter of just not having enough money in the pocketbook?
My breeder, rearing, and hospital tanks are spartan and do not have backgrounds, but these are not used for show and many are sans gravel except when a part of the needs of the fish.