Cleaning back glass? Yes or no?

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  1. Seabass

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    A fellow great reefer came around, seen my new tank and suggested I leave the back glass to go through it's natural process.

    Think he said it will go black first, then not to sure, but an array of changes, this will go on for about 2 years. Then the glass I hope will be nice and covered in coralline or clean on it's own.

    What do you guys think, have any of you not kept the back glass clean and had good results, even if it is two years down the line.

    Also if I do leave it I can move rock structures back a bit, that would be good in my opinion as at present I did leave a bit if space to facilitate the cleaning of the back glass.

    It will however be a mission to clean.

    Currently looks like this, have till end of month to make changes then my stock goes in from my nano.

    So yes or no and why? Thanks reefers.

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  3. Boegie

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    Great to see your tank in person and on MASA. Really great scaping.

    Personally I try to keep rock away from the back glass for flow and guard against detrius buildup.
     
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    personal opinion.
    Just a schlep to clean any big tank back glass. So most big tanks are left for nature to take over the rear wall.

    Me personally, I leave it. Got algae and coralline growing there. Where else would my Nerita, Cowries and urchins find food? I do not want algae on my rocks....
     
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    +1

    Also leave it. I've cleaned it once, and it really is a PITA.
     
  6. Seabass

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    Thanks guys, going to let nature run it's course. No clean back glass for me,

    Cheers
     
  7. Trev

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    I am pedantic about my tanks I keep them abolutely sterile and always sparking clean, my 1.2 is viewed from only 2 sides so yeah its a PITA to clean well but I get in there, have a great brush for the back. My 1.5 is vewed from all 4 side so cleaning it is easy as pie. Another thing you will neven see coraline on my glass its my pet hate I can stand the stuff and as soon as I see a spot it gets scraped off. Becuase of my addiction to sterile tanks I find it very hard to see the awsomness in a tank with dirty glass
     
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    Ditto Trev - I keep my back glass as clean as possible

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    Yes now thats awsome lovely and clean I love it
     
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    At Trev and MB,( by the way MB love your work) respect the whole clean set-up, looks fantastic.

    I still think I will let it run on its own, if it really becomes unsightly, will do a clean up on the day I do a large water change.
     
  11. Michael B

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    Thanks Seabass & looks like you are off to a great start - best thing about this hobby, is each tank is one's own artistic impression, enjoy it & look forward to seeing how your tank develops (keep us posted)
     
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    I was wandering the same thing last night if i should clean it or not.
    Im also gona leave mine.

    Cw out
     
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    Hey, is the pic photoshoped??? :P:tt2::thumbup:
    LOVE IT!!
     
  14. Seabass

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    Oh well, cleaned the back glass last night, not a problem either, it was the first time I did, started the tank on 22/12/2010. Was starting to get a few black patches on it, must say that I feel more satisfied now that I cleaned it. All in all a 5 min task.

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  15. Michael B

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    I keep it part of my weekly routine - 10 minutes (look forward to seeing pics)
     
  16. sweetnsour

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    keep it clean, when it starts getting out of hand it looks terrible.
     
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    What about the overflow box?
     
  18. SHAYNE

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    WOW! MB, awesome tank, you just motivated me to go clean my back glass tonight, Should i do a water change right after?
    If you dont mind telling, What lights do you have on in that picture???
     
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    Thanks Shayne - not sure on the water change as I do mine weekly, so never much to clean on the back glass. WRT the lights, they are 4 x 80W T5's (2 x white & 2 x Blue (Actinic)
     
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    Cool, i really thought it was some fancy million $ light:biggrin:. The amount of colors showing in your tank is amazing:eek:, Want to share your secret?:yeahdude:
     
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    i say keep it clean, at least wherever you can, the overflow can be the exception..
     
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