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I was wondering, what is the distance from the wall you keep your tank (if your tank is against a wall of course) ?

I always let a very small gap between my tank and the wall (about 3inches) but I am realizing that for bigger tanks (5 and 6ft) it is very hard to clean the glass at back of the tank, also if you have a dark background and it need to be replaced, almost impossible to access...

So was just wondering if there was any standard of ideal distance from the wall

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I keep my 75 gallon just far enough away from the wall so my filters hit. (AC 70) With the filters on the is maybe a 1/4 inch of space behind the filters. I guess that would measure to about 4 inches maybe.
 

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0 inches aka in the wall :)
 

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I have canisters on mine and it sits maybe 2 1/2" away.
 

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I have a 90gal with an AC110 that needs 6" of space behind.
Plus there are other filter lines, I need to get my arm in there.
 

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Mine are a couple inches away from the wall. You dont want to have them too close to the wall or you may find your stand resting on the tack strip which will throw your tank off level.
 

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my 6ft tank is located in a 8ft room. rather than centralize the tank I shifted the tank to one side so i can walk down the side of the tank and walk behind (sideways).

makes cleaning and operating easier
 

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Like joevc1 I have a 90 with 2 HOBs and a canister filter so my tank is 6 inches from the wall. Even if I didn't have a HOB filter I would still keep the tank at least 6 inches from the wall just to have access to the back for whatever reason.
 

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mine is up against the wall with enough room for the hoses and stuff, so somewhere between 6 and 3 inches. And by wall, I mean stairs, so I can reach between the spindles a little bit or over the railing if I need to get back there...somewhat, I'm still limited.

I havnt yet figure out how to clean the back of the tank, Im going to eventually try some sort of a towel on a stick.

As for painting....yea.....We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Thanks everyone for your answers. I have had tanks for many years but find it funny that it is a discussion that not many peoples discuss about. It is important in a way because you do not want your tank to look to much away from the wall (if you planned to put it next a wall) but you also want to be able to clean the back once in a while so when you look on the front of your tank you do not see dirt or water splash in the back.

Anyway, I will try to leave a 4-6 inches gap between my tank and the wall for my next setup.

Thanks again!
 
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