Backgrounds

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by leemonk, 2 Jul 2009.

  1. leemonk

    leemonk Member

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    Hey all,

    I am going to be 'redoing' my tank shortly (just waiting for all the new bits to turn up). I was wondering what sort of background shows the tank off best.

    Probably best to say from the off that I do not want 'NO' background and that I have a Juwel 180 tank.

    The substrate is highly likely to be Akadama (or something to that effect).

    Please let me know your preferences and pics to support would be awesome (I appreciate the time involved in doing so).

    Regards

    Lee
     
  2. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Black or white for me, depends on the scape :D
     
  3. a1Matt

    a1Matt Member

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    Have currently got a moss wall in place as my background.
     
  4. AdAndrews

    AdAndrews Member

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    I am a huge fan of the plain black background, i think its the best, shows off the colour of the plants and fish brilliantly.
     
  5. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I have both a black background and a non-background which is infront of the cream wallpaper.

    The black background helps with bringing out the colours of fish and plants but feel that without a background helps to create a clean look of your tank.
     
  6. samc

    samc Member

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    i think iwagumi's look good with white

    jungle scapes look good with black

    and nature could be ether :D
     
  7. glenn

    glenn Member

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    i have a juwel 3d granit rock background at the moment, not filled yet though so dont no if i have made a mistake in buying it.
     
  8. leemonk

    leemonk Member

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    Ooooohhhhh...... can you post a pic? I was considering this myself after seeing some Christmas tree moss advertised. Didnt look much further into it than that at the time, so i dont know if it would work or if its suitable.

    I wanted my tank to consist of mostly larger leaved plants.... Swords as an example. I am not very good at 'gardening' in the tank, so the fast growing stem plants are not really for me, despite me liking them, as when I try to 'trim' I make a huge mess of both the tank and the substrate.

    With that in mind and the fact that I want my Amazons to form my back wall, do you think Black would be best?

    If so, I would love to see some pics of your tanks. Also..... is it best to paint it black or buy a black background?

    Regards

    Lee

    ps..... sorry for the delay in my reply. I had completely forgotten about this post.
     

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