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Old 07/20/2018, 07:35 AM   #1
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Show off Your Aquariums with clear backgrounds!

I haven't really found a thread dedicated to this, so I thought, why not start one.

I'm seeing too many black backed tanks that I'm beginning to go insane!
All this talk that black backgrounds are better, they hide equipment, make coral pop, bla bla blaaaa...
I swear they're Crazy!
So lets show the members of Reef Central where the true beauty is at.

If you got tank with no colored background, just that pure crystal glass...

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Old 07/20/2018, 08:20 AM   #2
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Unfortunately itís impossible to clean the back glass. I simply cannot reach most of it. But I like a clear background because it ends up being back lit which I think looks nicer than black. Actually looks more natural to me


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Old 07/20/2018, 08:28 AM   #3
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Unfortunately itís impossible to clean the back glass. I simply cannot reach most of it. But I like a clear background because it ends up being back lit which I think looks nicer than black. Actually looks more natural to me


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Nice tank
It is a bit more work having a clear background, but like you said it pays off. I think the backlit wall behind the tank is what makes clear backed tanks so special.


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Old 07/20/2018, 09:53 AM   #4
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Well, Ďthe backí depends entirely on which room you are in...

Office side-


Living room side-

Still in progress- finishing plumbing in my basement fishroom then itís getting filled


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Old 07/20/2018, 11:03 AM   #5
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Old 07/21/2018, 04:24 AM   #6
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Wow, super clean!


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Old 07/21/2018, 11:16 PM   #7
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Come on, I know there's a lot more crackers out there.


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Old 07/21/2018, 11:33 PM   #8
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A few of my 400 gal centre of my home

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Old 07/21/2018, 11:42 PM   #9
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tell us more about the coffee table tank. that is awesome


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Old 07/21/2018, 11:48 PM   #10
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Old 07/23/2018, 04:03 PM   #11
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^^^Beautiful setups^^^


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Old 07/24/2018, 01:47 AM   #12
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Old 07/24/2018, 01:26 PM   #13
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Old 07/24/2018, 01:41 PM   #14
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Personally, I prefer blue background, but the clear glass looks good ... when it's clean.


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Old 07/27/2018, 03:44 AM   #16
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Personally, I prefer blue background, but the clear glass looks good ... when it's clean.
Yes, True.
But the same thing goes with blue backgrounds.


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Old 07/27/2018, 06:12 AM   #17
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Ok, but not really the same thing...


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^ Perfect execution. This is probably the only tank without a background I actually like the look of (sorry others). I don't think peninsula tanks apply here since obviously you wouldn't have a background on that type of tank.

While I'm not saying a black, blue, or natural reef picture background is better than the other, I am a firm believer that a background > no background. Seeing wires, equipment, wood paneling, wall paper etc is distracting and I don't see why anyone would want to look at that.

Also, to the OP... you're not going crazy, a background does hide equipment and they do make corals "pop" by focusing your attention to what's inside the tank not what's behind it. In most cases a tank without the background looks unfinished in my opinion.


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Old 07/27/2018, 10:15 PM   #20
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Old 07/27/2018, 11:48 PM   #21
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^ Perfect execution. This is probably the only tank without a background I actually like the look of (sorry others). I don't think peninsula tanks apply here since obviously you wouldn't have a background on that type of tank.

While I'm not saying a black, blue, or natural reef picture background is better than the other, I am a firm believer that a background > no background. Seeing wires, equipment, wood paneling, wall paper etc is distracting and I don't see why anyone would want to look at that.

Also, to the OP... you're not going crazy, a background does hide equipment and they do make corals "pop" by focusing your attention to what's inside the tank not what's behind it. In most cases a tank without the background looks unfinished in my opinion.
When I said "All this talk that black backgrounds are better, they hide equipment, make coral pop, bla bla blaaaa...
I swear they're Crazy!"
I was just having a bit of fun poking those that defend their painted backgrounds so dearly.
To be Honest though, black and blue give no sense of depth and makes the aquarium feel less premium.
When people run into algae issues, the algae 'POP's' just like your corals will and to me, actually looks just as bad...
...if not worse.
Black and blue also look less natural and can create a very dark looking tank.

When you say "This is probably the only tank without a background I actually like the look of" it makes me believe you have not seen many tanks, as there are hundreds all over the net equal as beautiful that do the same job of hiding the equipment.
But that's just my opinion!


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Old 07/27/2018, 11:50 PM   #22
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Ok, but not really the same thing...
What do you mean?
Blue backed tanks look horrible with algae build up.


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Old 07/28/2018, 06:00 AM   #23
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What do you mean?
Blue backed tanks look horrible with algae build up.
I donít like algae build up on any tanks but, IMO, there is a big difference between tanks with a background and a tank that you should be able to Ďsee thruí...


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