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Old 03-11-2015, 04:34 PM   #421
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You loose two viewing angles by doing that, but it does look cleaner and leaves more floor space in the viewing room.


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Well, technically, I picked up another pane to view through by putting it in the wall! That is of course, if I don't black out the rear pane, and keep all 4 sides clean. The odds of that are slim though. I usually let the 3 sides get covered.
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Well, technically, I picked up another pane to view through by putting it in the wall! That is of course, if I don't black out the rear pane, and keep all 4 sides clean. The odds of that are slim though. I usually let the 3 sides get covered.
Loosing those sides is worth it having a room dedicated to it and making the display more enjoyable. Personally I would paint the back glass.
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I'm not going to paint it, but I may cover it with dark tint. Something that I can pull away if necessary.
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I was thinking about it and if I were to do it I would have it protrude halfway out of the wall, but it would have to be custom acrylic with all rounded edges on that side and that =$$$$.


back in '82-'84 I maintained a custom tank built into a wall. It was about a 40"x 40"x12" square of black acrylic with a 36" bubble on one face. The bubble was all that showed through the wall. Unfortunately there was only about a closet's worth of space to work with behind the tank, so it wasn't much fun to work on it.
add to that the wall paper was leather that cost $50K in 1980 dollars
We panicked every time we thought we were going to spill a drop.
Penthouse magazine used that condo a few times for photoshoots. Unfortunately I never got to clean the tank on those days.

sorry, I'm rambling on again... I'll stop now
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I'm not going to paint it, but I may cover it with dark tint. Something that I can pull away if necessary.
I was thinking about this awhile back and I think the solution could be a rod with a simple black sheet or cloth on it. That way you can pull it back when doing maintenance and see the back of the tank, something I know you've mentioned being a pain in the past.
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You could fasten black egg crate to the back of the tank and start some wall colonies like this one.

I have always thought the space on walls not being used for viewing was wasted. Acros like this love tabling out from a vertical surface. Zoas, caps and Acans do well also.


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You could fasten black egg crate to the back of the tank and start some wall colonies like this one.

I have always thought the space on walls not being used for viewing was wasted. Acros like this love tabling out from a vertical surface. Zoas, caps and Acans do well also.

This might be one of the best ideas I've ever seen


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I show this tread to my fiancé every few updates, as we're looking for a house with the requirements of putting a 200 - 300G. system. Wanting a build similar to your in wall / room.

Just awesome!



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I agree ,..where was this idea when I was first setting up my tank ? It sure would add a ton of critter / coral condos to a other wise not too utilized area


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Many hard corals don't grow from a horizontal base, they tend to grow on mounds. They aren't picky about the angle. So if there's light and flow present, why not attach a coral there on a wall if it doesn't block your view?


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Many hard corals don't grow from a horizontal base, they tend to grow on mounds. They aren't picky about the angle. So if there's light and flow present, why not attach a coral there on a wall if it doesn't block your view?


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I'm starting to get some ideas


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Just one hint, I use superglue gel to anchor the frag plug into the horizontal egg rate. Have to get the placement right the first time, but within a short time the coral will overgrow the plug and hook up with the egg crate. Once it has this secure footing, somehow, I can't even guess, it knows it's safe to grow outwards. Remarkable.


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I have no problem attaching corals to the rear pane. As a matter of fact, I used to have some pretty nice pocillopora colonies growing on the glass in one of my old DT's. I didn't put them there though- it was a spawning incident.




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Just one hint, I use superglue gel to anchor the frag plug into the horizontal egg rate. Have to get the placement right the first time, but within a short time the coral will overgrow the plug and hook up with the egg crate. Once it has this secure footing, somehow, I can't even guess, it knows it's safe to grow outwards. Remarkable.


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Thanks for the idea ,..black egg crate ordered,...we now respectively return this thread back to Doug,...sorry for the minor hijack :-/


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I was thinking about it and if I were to do it I would have it protrude halfway out of the wall, but it would have to be custom acrylic with all rounded edges on that side and that =$$$$.


back in '82-'84 I maintained a custom tank built into a wall. It was about a 40"x 40"x12" square of black acrylic with a 36" bubble on one face. The bubble was all that showed through the wall. Unfortunately there was only about a closet's worth of space to work with behind the tank, so it wasn't much fun to work on it.
add to that the wall paper was leather that cost $50K in 1980 dollars
We panicked every time we thought we were going to spill a drop.
Penthouse magazine used that condo a few times for photoshoots. Unfortunately I never got to clean the tank on those days.

sorry, I'm rambling on again... I'll stop now
I actually thought about hanging it out of the wall, but then I'd have to build out the wall under it and i didn't feel like getting into that. I saw something recently on FB that peaked my interest, but i don't have the money or motivation for it at the moment-



Leather wallpaper? I'm glad that fad came and went!
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I have a decorator friend that does walls in brown paper bags. It looks identical to leather.

The peninsula tanks are wonderful but they take up a lot of room.

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I saw that "floating tank" too. Pretty cool, but I'd always worry how it would hold up with a decent sized earthquake.


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Wow,... Beautiful and well engineered


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I actually thought about hanging it out of the wall, but then I'd have to build out the wall under it and i didn't feel like getting into that. I saw something recently on FB that peaked my interest, but i don't have the money or motivation for it at the moment-



Leather wallpaper? I'm glad that fad came and went!

With a little know-how. And a lot of money. Color me blown away.


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