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Old 02/12/2018, 08:58 PM   #1
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How Far Should Tank Be From Wall Behind?

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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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Old 02/12/2018, 09:03 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, 09:06 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, 09:19 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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Old 02/12/2018, 09:24 PM   #5
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I am moving my 120 so it will be a tad more than 12 inches from the wall. More room for ato and dosing containers etc. then I have 12 inch kitchen cabinets to slide in and out that block the view from side.


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:46 AM   #6
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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.
If your getting salt creep on the wall it is not set up properly.


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Old 02/13/2018, 11:14 AM   #7
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I only have a few inches. Only downside is I had to replace the main return line (pcv)...and getting my arm/hand back there to cut/remove it was a pain in the rear. I still like it as flush to the wall as possible...just for looks.


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Old 02/13/2018, 05:31 PM   #8
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How much is too much tank for the floor joists to be ok? Ground floor situation


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Old 02/13/2018, 07:23 PM   #9
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People will be walking into my office with a straight on side view of the tank so the minimum for me the better in the gap behind the wall. Non aquarists are not into seeing cables and pipes and just want to take in the beauty of what you have
That’s just my take on it


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:33 PM   #10
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House of Fins in Greenwich, CT suggests no less than 5"...I agree.


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:38 PM   #11
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Good to have a professional opinion on this!
What about from a side wall?
This tank is going into a position in a corner with a rear and side wall


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:46 PM   #12
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If heat could be an issue, an exterior wall can make it worse. Just saying


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:47 PM   #13
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If heat could be an issue, an exterior wall can make it worse. Just saying
Good point
I think because this office does get warm in summer Iíll be getting a chiller for sure


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:48 PM   #14
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I guess it depends on what you want to put back there. If something like a vortech or an external overflow box then 5" nominally. Otherwise I can see no reason for more than an inch or two.


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Old 02/13/2018, 08:50 PM   #15
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I guess it depends on what you want to put back there. If something like a vortech or an external overflow box then 5" nominally. Otherwise I can see no reason for more than an inch or two.
This is what I would have thought too

Like I said people walk into my office and will be staring at the side of the tank as they come in the door
But facing it when they sit
So I wanted to keep the gap to a minimum unless absolutely needed


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Otherwise I can see no reason for more than an inch or two.
Mine is about an inch. Has been for over 10 years. Hasn't been a problem.


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Old 02/14/2018, 06:52 AM   #17
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Mine is shoved right up against the wall. The plumbing is run through the wall.


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Old 02/14/2018, 07:52 AM   #18
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Mine is about an inch. Has been for over 10 years. Hasn't been a problem.
Exactly ...... and likewise Just another example of over-thinking things IME.


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Old 02/14/2018, 08:43 AM   #19
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if your red sea tank has nothing behind it, no plumbing, no on tank attachment, etc. then you can put it flush against the wall if you want to. perhaps you should have phrased your question specific to your tank so you don't get generic answers from people with different tank setup than yours. Or your best bet is to just email red sea.


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Old 02/14/2018, 09:42 AM   #20
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if your red sea tank has nothing behind it, no plumbing, no on tank attachment, etc. then you can put it flush against the wall if you want to. perhaps you should have phrased your question specific to your tank so you don't get generic answers from people with different tank setup than yours. Or your best bet is to just email red sea.
I have two tanks, in the midst of purchasing a second, unlike the Red Sea tank I donít believe it to have any plumbing at the back
I donít think Red Sea or a manufacturer are the ultimate knowledge on this subject, I just wondered peopleís thoughs and if they felt one way or another a certain distance was needed or not

Good to get the different opinions


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Old 02/14/2018, 11:24 AM   #21
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The only credible reason I can think of for keeping a bit of a gap is to account for the wall being out of plumb. When my tank is perfectly level, the gap between the wall and the tank is 1/2" less at the top than it is at the bottom. My house is old and everything has settled.


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Enough for your piping/overflow, with an 1/2-1" of actual gap.


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Old 02/14/2018, 08:16 PM   #23
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If your getting salt creep on the wall it is not set up properly.
Go ahead, set up your tank right up against the wall with an open top. I don't care how you set it up, it damage your wall.


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Go ahead, set up your tank right up against the wall with an open top. I don't care how you set it up, it damage your wall.
I agree. My 26g produces enough that it has covered the wall directly above AND a bit below the top of the tank. Not only that but the lid to the tank is covered as well as my carbon reactor, biopellet reactor and top of my heater. I keep saying I'm going to clean the wall. I'm not worried about damage though because it's a thick slat wood wall.


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Go ahead, set up your tank right up against the wall with an open top. I don't care how you set it up, it damage your wall.
Mine is fine. You guys do realize latex paint is pretty water resistant right?

I’m sure everyone here showers daily. The steam from the shower every day exposes your walls to more moisture than you tank ever could.


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