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Old 08-01-2010, 05:06 PM   #1 
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Elmo's 7.8 gall tank is still cycling and at the moment he is in Clark Gable's 4g which has black gravel, ludwigia red, water wisteria and a ceramic pot with java moss inside. Clark Gable stands out well in this tank as the colours compliment his but I struggle to find Elmo in this tank. What colours could I use in his new home so that he stands out well, Elmo is Red :) and the substrate is sand.

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Old 08-02-2010, 12:37 AM   #2 
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I took a color theory class in school. I should know this.

What you're looking for are complementary colors - two colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. When paired, they create high contrast with each other allowing them to stand out, or 'pop'. Since Elmo is red, naturally I'd suggest green. But not one of equal, or greater, saturation. You'll want to choose a darker shade of green to eliminate any competing vibrancy and distraction from the focal point (your fish). In that sense, though, you could choose any darker color and your fish would stand out, but not in the same way as Elmo would against that 'live-plant' green look if you know what I mean.

Hmm.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:57 AM   #3 
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Well, well,well, long time no see Kittles

I had to read it twice but I think I understand where your coming from lol
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:30 PM   #4 
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I know, right? I needed to come back - it's the only thing keeping me sane at the moment. Also, you'll have to forgive me for writing that last post at some ungodly hour in the morning.

For a more clear answer that supports what I said, try this: http://www.colormatters.com/colortheory.html And as always, do post pictures when you've set up the tank.

EDIT: Actually, I like this one better: http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-theory-basics.html since it talks about several different complementary schemes that you might find useful.

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Old 08-02-2010, 01:50 PM   #5 
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I know the feeling, this site has saved my sanity many a time

Ohhh the colour wheel, I remember learning this in art class at school, the only time I did listen believe it or not haha
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Thanks Kittles, very interesting.
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