01-02-2007, 10:16 PM
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May I put it another way. Let us say one has a car that one has built into a hotrod. One of our inquiring friends come over to look at this hotrod. I am sure he is going to ask technical questions about the engine, transmission, tires, wheels, ect. Do you think that the hotrod would make a greater impression on him if the chrome was glittering, had a slick candy apple red paint job and a finished interior?
So let me say this again, every time our tanks are seen by someone other than ourselves, the tank is on display. Maybe saying that they are "show tanks" may be a little presumptuous. I must also concede that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I also have one tank, a 39g, that has no background. But with all of the wood, rock, and plants, you couldn't see through even if you were snorkling in the tank.
I just think that some kind of background adds so much to the asthetic presentation of a well decorated tank. It also provides a terrific first impression to someone who may be considering entering the hobby. Afterall, some aquariums are, in fact, piece of furniture and add to the home with an ever changing diorama.