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Aquarium backgrounds can help to make your aquarium a unique piece of furniture in your living room, dining room, or wherever you decide to place it. The types of backgrounds available are limited only by your imagination. But in addition to their aesthetic qualities, they also have a few functional uses. If your aquarium is in the direct path of the sun, the right aquarium background can cut down on the amount of light filtering through the water and disturbing the fish. Aquarium backgrounds also help to add depth to your aquarium, making it appear more 3 dimensional to the naked eye.

Backgrounds are fantastic for exhibiting and showing off your fish to friends and visitors. But, in addition, backgrounds are also great for showing how fish look in their native environments. In many cases, the attempt to populate an aquarium with a fish’s native plants runs into one of two main problems. Either the specific plant is too hard to find in the standard fish or pet stores. Or, the delicacy of the plant causes you to continually have to replace your aquarium plants. The right horticultural background helps to give the illusion of a fish swimming in it’s native environment.

But plant backgrounds are only one of the many background types that you can choose from. One of the better selling background choices are colored rocks which when placed next to the flat monotone gravel in the tank, actually makes the scenery come alive. Those not interested in re-creating ocean or sea life can choose from esoteric categories such as musical instruments to cartoon characters on popular shows. You can also find these backgrounds in an endless varieties of colors and sizes that will fit any fish tank that you own.

If you have a bit of artistic talent, you can actually create your own background paintings. As mentioned above, however, if you plan on putting your mural on the inside of your aquarium, ensure that it contains no toxic materials that can leach into the water.

You can find aquarium backgrounds made for both the outside of the tank and for the tank insides. If buying one for the inside of the tank you have to ensure that it’s made of materials that are non-toxic to the fish. The best method of monitoring for this is to only deal with reputable fish or animal stores when making your purchase.

Most tank backgrounds sold in stores are made of vinyl. These are usually waterproof as well which means that they can be used in either the outside or inside of the tank.

Those not wanting to buy aquarium backgrounds or who think that they are too flashy can always buy a tank with the back painted or simply paint the back themselves. Painted fish tanks do not bring much added excitement to the tank and can actually make the fish tank seem less interesting. Nevertheless, as many people prefer a painted back for these very reasons.

Some of the best commercial tank backgrounds are so realistic that they actually fool the casual viewer. The best thing about them, however, is that they simply serve to add a bit of spice to your hobby.

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