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Tank back color?

This is a discussion on Tank back color? within the Marine Chat forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; I am in the process of setting up a new reef tank and have to decide if I want to ...

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    Default Tank back color?

    I am in the process of setting up a new reef tank and have to decide if I want to paint the back or not and if so what color. I would appreciate any thoughts and or suggestions on this.

    The tank is 48" X 30' x 18" high and if it makes any difference the lighting is the IceCap Reef Illuminations MH/T5/LED fixture.

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    Typically reefers either paint their tank black or blue as it helps to hide algae (not coraline of course) on the rear. Black will absorb more light than blue though. Many years ago, back in my marine/reefer days, my tank's back was manufactured with stock black acrylic. It was an Old School Tru-Vu tank.

    Hope that helps.

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    My humble vote goes to painting it black. I find it really gives tanks a lot of depth. In fact I am painting (black) the back of my 33G long just now.
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    Black for me. Maybe a dark royal blue would work? But I can't say I have seen it.

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    i would go dark blue as its more realistic

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    I crinkled garbage bags, cheap ones and used packing tape to secure to back, nice slight translucency, as well as a bit of texture, and no commitment! I can change it up later if I want.

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    Whoa, that's kinda neat. I wish I had another tank to try that on. Does moisture or salt creep ever build up on the back?

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    I went with a dark blue as I didn't like either of the standard light blue or black.

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    Interesting! Do you happen to have a pic?

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    I crinkled garbage bags, cheap ones and used packing tape to secure to back, nice slight translucency, as well as a bit of texture, and no commitment! I can change it up later if I want.

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    I just used a regular garbage bag, and taped it with clear tape to the back of the tank.. it's not crinkled though. lol
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