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Old 05-11-2011, 07:24 PM   #11
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bavass in that picture what are thing those tree stick things in your background?
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:28 PM   #12
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No background here. I dont have anyway to clean my glass in the back since the LR rest on it.

That's my dilemma. I have several rocks now against the back glass so i can't get in there to clean or scrape. I can't see the build up without a background but with the black or blue it's pretty evident. lol

Does anyone else notice any loss of light not using a background? I want my corals to have as much of it as possible
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:44 PM   #14
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That's my dilemma.

Does anyone else notice any loss of light not using a background? I want my corals to have as much of it as possible
The light in a tank reflects off the objects in the tank, then passes through the glass out into the room which is why you can see what's inside the tank.

I don't have a coral reef tank so I do not know how important ambient light is, or do your corals depend solely on the tank lights. If so then a background should make no difference as the corals are still getting the direct light from the fixtures.

Aquariums with backgrounds appear darker because the back glass light is blocked, but the internal light is the same, plus some of that light is actually reflected back into the tank, without a background, light from inside the tank just escapes out.
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I believe Sweden has a law requiring aquariums to have at least one wall not see-through.
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a law to make you have a background on your home aquarium? lol
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Im debating painting the back of my tank, not sure if I want to do anything that permanent.
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Im debating painting the back of my tank, not sure if I want to do anything that permanent.

I'm in the same boat. lol It was a no brainer to paint my 125g cichlid tank black but it seems to be a harder choice for my sw...
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Im thinking about a black adhesive background on the new setup.
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I used the adhesive backgrounds but found it difficult to apply, it was like doing car tint which I'm not very good at.
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