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Re: NFC: Aquarium backgrounds

Hey Doug

I personally doin't like the black -- I think it makes the tank look too
dark.  A good dark blue or green is what I typically use.

----- Original Message -----
From: Doug Dame <dameda at shands_ufl.edu>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>; <nickel55 at worldnet_att.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2001 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: NFC: Aquarium backgrounds

> Nickel asked:
> >>  ..  I wanted to know about backgrounds for the aquarium.
> >>  .... <snip>  Any thoughts at all on any backgrounds would
> >>   help.
> I simply spray-paint the back (outside) of all my new tanks before I bring
them into the house, using std. painters masking tape and old newspapers to
mask off the areas I don't' want painted.  And sometimes, depending on where
the tank is going to be placed, I'll also paint one or both short-sides as
> As I assume Johnny Cash (aka The Man in Black) would say, black goes with
everything. Which is to say I think it complements and accentuates whatever
fish plants etc you have in the tank. Hang on the back filters and fittings
become near invisible, especially if the in-tank fittings are also black.
> I was in the Florida Aquarium (Tampa) a couple of days ago ... (BTW, they
have a BUNCH of native killies and some of the most spectacular natives
mollies I've seen  , VERY nice) ... and noticed that most all of their most
of their more or less conventional tanks (i.e., not the large exhibits that
are fully aqua-scaped) have solid light blue backgrounds, of the color you'd
see if you were looking out while snorkeling into 100' visibility water in
the Caymans or somewhere. Of course, those were salt-water tanks with
salt-water inhabitants. I think I still prefer my black, but it's possible
that marine fish are psychologically happier with a blue background that
presumably seems more natural to them.
> I haven't found that any particular brand of type of tank adheres to glass
any better than any other. They all will flake off to some degree if they're
bumped/nicked the wrong way.
> .02
> Doug Dame
> Interlachen FL