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    I am a big fan of just a flat black background.
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    It won't make it too dark? And driftwood should be moved toward the right correct?

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    Use flat black felt or construction paper.

    Works great and looks good

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    What about the glossy black background from lfs? And I'm not going for the "complete" natural look. I want some rocks and interesting characteristics for the fish too interact with and most people seeing my tank will not know anything about aquariums . Taking that into account does it look good?

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    Not trying to be hypercritical but if you are going for crowd appeal, I would suggest making the changes (if you want to spend the money on the shiny background thats fine) then take the pictures and we can talk from there. right now it looks barron which I think adding those few plants would help, and the fish in the tank will add the flash but i would remove all large slate and your tank will open up a bit.
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    No thank you for your help, and I will make the changes and see how it looks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drose11111 View Post
    What about the glossy black background from lfs? And I'm not going for the "complete" natural look. I want some rocks and interesting characteristics for the fish too interact with and most people seeing my tank will not know anything about aquariums . Taking that into account does it look good?
    If you use the gel to attach the shiny backgrounds to the glass, they will eventually dry out and your background will detach from the glass. Mine started to detach after about 6 months. And if you don't use the gel, they don't look good. I am replacing my shiny background (which is detached) - I am painting the glass black. No more of the shiny ones for me. The black background really makes the fish pop - everything looks more colorful.

    I think your tank will look really nice with the driftwood and the small stones placed around it.
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    If you are going to go with some big rocks, try to get ones that are close to the color of your substrate for a more natural look.

    I think rounded stones always look more natural, unless you're going for a specific effect (such as the African cichlid environment someone already mentioned).

    Great piece of wood! Good luck and keep us posted.

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    ...and yes, put the wood in first, then the sand/gravel, so the base of the wood is buried. Not that the cichlids will leave it that way, but it's a start. :) And whatever redecorating they do will only make things look more natural.

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    Lots of good ideas here. One thing i have found over the years with largish chunks of wood, is to have them start in a rear corner and extend into the tank. This adds depth of space, as it looks like the wood is perhaps a tree branch or trunk that has fallen into the water and the line of sight goes into dark "space" beyond the tank. A flat black background enhances this aspect, adding depth (meaning front to back, not vertical). Never glossy black, which is visible, but the plain black construction paper idea someone suggested.

    Never centre any object, be it wood, rock or a large plant; centred immediately draws attention to the physical space, making it not only artificial (nothing is "centered" in nature) but also smaller as you see the rectangle more.

    Byron.
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