Backgrounds! Very Recent Newbie Needing More Advice!

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Hi everyone, I will be getting my first ever tropical FW tank in approx. 10 days! I have already received some fantastic advice from members so am hoping for a little bit more. What sort of background do you think looks best and most natural? I have looked around and quite like one that looks like a big tree root but am not sure whether or not it would make the tank look more narrow if you know what I mean. Do the poster type backgrounds look best or do they look really fake? Any opinions gratefully received.
 

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Personally, I use black posterboard from walmart to get a nice look on my tank. I'm very fond of black backgrounds.
 

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I've heard black backgrounds really make the plants and fish stand out, and have seen lots of lovely looking tanks with that.
I personally have an Asian bridge sort of background and I really love it :)
 
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SamB said:
Personally, I use black posterboard from walmart to get a nice look on my tank. I'm very fond of black backgrounds.
Thank you Sam, I like the sound of the black background, how do you attach it without being able to see the "attachments"? 
Ninjouzata said:
I've heard black backgrounds really make the plants and fish stand out, and have seen lots of lovely looking tanks with that.
I personally have an Asian bridge sort of background and I really love it
Hi Ninjouzata, Is your Asian bridge on a poster type background or do you actually have a bridge ornament at the back of your tank? 
 

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iceblueangel said:
Thank you Sam, I like the sound of the black background, how do you attach it without being able to see the "attachments"? 
 
 

 
 
I have a hang on the back filter on my tanks that the background slides nicely behind. it stays very tight behind there. I also use tape to attach it to the top and bottom of the tank, where it stays invisible. That's worked for me so far!
 

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I'd say personally it depends on what fish ur planning to get! If ur getting nice bright coloured fish go with a darker background like black or a dark brown rockery effect background or for dark coloured fish u can get nice light coloured backgrounds like white ccobbles which look great with tree roots etc for a more natural look!
 

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Well i like black ones as far as just plain backgrounds go. But i think the most natural and stunning backgrounds are diy 3d backgrounds although they can be quite time comsuming the results are splended!
 
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HHH said:
Well i like black ones as far as just plain backgrounds go. But i think the most natural and stunning backgrounds are diy 3d backgrounds although they can be quite time comsuming the results are splended!
Hi HHH, What is a 3D background, I am brand new to fish keeping so lots of terms used are like another language to me, sorry!!! Do you mean the background is not flat, I mean like rocks, etc. that actually stick out or is there some type of background which actually has a 3D effect? Sorry again for being easily confused 

Thanks everyone for your advice.
 

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