The Aquarium Guide

Why You Should Use a Fish Tank Background

A background in your fish tank can make a huge difference in the appearance of your tank and the way it is displayed across a room. It also creates a theme for your tank, which will make the decorating easier as well as helping some fish who may become very agitated and anxious when they see their own reflection in the glass.

Fish Tank Background

In addition to the background, you can be creative by adding colored pebbles, rocks, plants (live and/or artificial), and even ornaments in your fish tank that will complement your backdrop and it will make a huge difference in the overall display of your tank. A background creates dimension for your tank as well as a theme and it creates a vision of luxury infused with nature. Not only is a fish tank background easy to replace and attach, but it also provides depth to your visual attraction, giving the endless visual delusion of your tank.

 Types of Backgrounds

There are different types of backgrounds and the one that is mostly used in freshwater tanks will probably be the laminated photo background themes. You can buy these already pre-shaped or on a roll (which you will then have to cut according to your tank’s requirements) at your local pet store. They can be double sided or one-sided and although it has no effect on your fish, it is made to give you a more natural appearance. These type of backgrounds are easy to apply and can hide cords and/ or equipment hanging off the back of the tank.

Alternative backgrounds that you can use are wrapping paper or any other decorative paper you can stick to the back of your tank if you are not looking for that natural feel.

You can also paint the back of your tank on the outside if you want to be artistic and create your own designer background. A lot of people choose to this because it is so cheap and you can experiment a little with the color. Always remember to paint on the outside of the tank to prevent the chemicals from the paint to enter the fish tank water and poison the fish.

There is also the option of a 3D background (which is also very popular) to give your tank a bit of dimension and to create great hiding places for your aquatic creatures. It is also a great filtration system that will come naturally to your tank.

Fish Tank Background 2

 Benefits of Having a Fish Tank Background

A fish tank background is one of the most important things that directly influences the behavior and color of your fish.  It is best to put the background on two or three sides of your tank to reduce the chance of your fish seeing their reflection and becoming stressed.

Another benefit is that it also conceals hoses, tubes, and cords that run down the back of your tank.  In addition, it increases the perception of the visual depth of your tank while enhancing your aquarium’s natural beauty.It is a great help when it comes down to the theme of your tank and it can create the perspective that you are looking for.

The best way to decide on a backgrould is to first visualize what you want your tank to look like such as a specific feel or image you want displayed. Then you should design your tank with your fish in mind and what will they be most comfortable with.  This is the best way to install the perfect backdrop and design your fish tank.

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  1. To whom it may concern I’m new to this hobby please help I put on a new background on my beginners tank and it been 7 weeks and I still see it it’s like dark how long before I see the background any tips will be appreciated Deanna Robinson thank you

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