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Old 02/12/2018, 09:58 PM   #1
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How Far Should Tank Be From Wall Behind?


Getting a new 120G tank for my office. Was wondering how far off the back wall should a tank be without looking too bad? ie I donít want a big gap off the wall itíll look bad

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Current Tank Info: Red Sea Max 650 (180G), T5 (800w), 2x250 Maxspect Gyre, Refugium
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Old 02/12/2018, 10:03 PM   #2
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Just enough for plumbing and access to a outlet if it's behind the tank. Hopefully it's a GCFI outlet also.

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Old 02/12/2018, 10:06 PM   #3
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For me, I like to stay 4" to 6" away.Reason being for wires to be run.. But more importantly, If you have sheet rock wall,the salt creep will eat your wall. I have seen it done.

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Old 02/12/2018, 10:19 PM   #4
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Because I'm running parallel to the floor joists, one of which is nicely notched, my structural engineer recommended pulling the tank out a little further to sit on the additional support that we added. That put me about a foot out from the wall, and honestly unless you are right at the side of the tank you wouldn't really notice. It is a relatively short wall, with limited viewing opportunities to the sides though, so your mileage may vary.


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