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Old 06-04-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Does Saltwater really destroy drywall?

I've seen suggestions to put Plexiglas on your drywall behind your SW tank.

Does anyone really do that?

I can see it being more of a problem with an open tank, but mine will have a canopy and an HOB filter so it will be away from the wall a few inches.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:39 AM   #2
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Mine`s been there 12 years with no problem. That`s a new one on me.
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My tank is as close to the wall as it could be (about 3"). No problems in 6Ĺ years.
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I'm with the others, no problems with drywall. I am more concerned with my electrical sockets back there.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:38 PM   #5
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When I got my tank, I moved it from a place where it had been for 5 years and the Drywall was destroyed. BUT this person had overflows ALOT! So when I put it in at my house I used Plexi on the wall behind it since I had just finished redoing the entire living room. But I have noticed that I never have salt creep or water spots on the plexi so it doesnt appear to be getting wet. just my experience
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Also, Make sure the room is well ventilated as you'll get mold if moisture and heat build up.
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Ohh thats a new one for me ... I get splashes when changing H20 and such but a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and some pine sol I have never had an issue (6 years or so now ) ... there are runs but that is it ... If I splash a big ammount and it does happen wipe dry with a towel and then with damp cloth , use fans to circulate the air and completely dry ... only takes a few minutes to do ... as stated above watch for mold and mildew as these can be very dangerous ... so quick and prompt clean ups are necessary ... I try (even in the winter ) to open all windows weekly for atleast 5 minutes a day even if there is snow and -50* out ... (this also helps with colds and flues :p ) The worst I could imagine is needing to move the tank and sand prime and paint but that is if you dont follow a few precautions ....
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