Painted Backed Tanks

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Warr7207, 22 Jun 2008.

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Do you keep your tank's back glass clean ?

Poll closed 21 Aug 2008.
  1. No, great food for fish

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  2. Yes, I like a neat and tidy tank

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  3. Yes, I have a dual viwing tank

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  1. Warr7207

    Warr7207

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    Guys with painted backed tanks, do you allow the algae, coralline, snail eggs and other weird shell like structures grow on the back or do you prefer to scrape off.
     
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  3. Rory

    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    Where's "no, too lazy"?
     
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    Mine is not painted, got a black sheet attached to the back with mirror tape. I don't ever clean the back glass, what must grow must grow - I let it be :)
     
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    Warr7207 Thread Starter

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    I thought of putting that in, but I didn't want to make you & me look bad ;)
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    I have always tried to keep the back clean, my new tank will be painted and kept clean, personally i think the tank looks much better.
     
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    i have to still put a back up, once up i think its should be kept clean if blue, gives it that very nice healthy look but dose reduce algea for tangs. if coralline is removed your alk will become more stable as coralline chows your alk.

    with a black background it seems to "hide" the algea as it does not stand out alot. so then the tangs can still chow it.

    JMO
     
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    YEH ive just scraped mine clean and it does make ur tank look much neater,going to try keep it that way until i get lazy:thumbup:
     
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    I wanted to tick both options 1 & 2, but couldn't.... :)

    Clean the back every now and again (my wife also jumps and cleans it when it starts irritating her). I think that I can "let it go" to feed my tangs for a while longer, before I feel compelled to clean it!
     
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    Howzit guys,just a quick question.Are your'l saying that you guys leave the hair algae to grow at the back of the tank.Would like to know your thoughts.Shotto.
     
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    if its hair algea or any nasty algea,i would remove it
     
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    i previously use to scrape of coralline algea,but now just gonna leave it since my Carx is back up and running again.
    by the way mines has black ABS sheeting stuck inside
     
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    Hi Aslam - no - not hair algae.... hair algae is a pest in a marine tank. No - we are talking about corralline algae, and the simple green and brown algae the grows on the glass.....
     
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    Thanks guys for clearing that up for me.
     
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    OK, I think it's time to clean this back glass.

    I have tried everything to get a manufactured product, with no luck.

    What DIY suggestions are out there for scraping the glass ?

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    If you put some black backing behind the tank you wont see the green :p
     
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    That is painted black, you only see it at this angle ;)
     
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    Straight on pics

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    There are products to clean the back of your tank, it's a sharp blade on a stick type thing, i think Deltec do them, i can get you one and post it if you can't get one, but i'll try to get a link to the scraper to show you.
     
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