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Old 04-21-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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So im about to place more base rock into my aquarium.. im working on building a reef thats why im adding more rock. My aquarium is against the wall and i like to make a "wall" aquascape.. my question is.. can i place the rock against the wall?.. if not how much space between the rock and the aquarium do i need?..
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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I have some of my rock leaning on the back glass with no ill effects. Just make sure it is pretty stable and won't shift.

On some of my tanks I leave the back glass accessible for cleaning but it's pretty much a loosing battle. lol
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Yeah i wanted to put it against the wall but wasnt sure after reading about cleaning the back wall and water flow... so it wont greated and algae invasion?..
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As long as there is still some flow youll be ok. In my 36 the back and sides are coated with algae. It is coraline so it isnt a concern. My massive giant green star snail does a good job cleaning it up.
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As long as you have good water circulation you shouldn't have a problem. In my 125g the back wall is covered with coralline so it looks ok, and thats saying alot since I'm anal about keeping my tanks clean. lol
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Thank you all for the info.. how about brown algae?.. would that b a bad problem?..
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How old is the tank? Without a picture, I can't be 100% but I would assume it is diatoms and are common in new tanks. Will go away on their own. Increased circulation will aid in preventing them.
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Its about 1yr and a half.. and yeah i think it might be that...
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:07 AM   #9
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So this is what it came up to.. what do you guys think?.. just for the record this lighting is temperary..

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