A "color changing" background for your reef tank! What do you think?

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Would you ever consider using a color changing background on your reef tank? (click for info)

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Rob.bucek

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Haha like when i see a picture of someones sump and it looks like NASA put it together and then i see the tank and it looks like the equivelant of a homeless camp for corals.
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Tough crowd
honest crowd, we don't all have to agree :) It's all good bro, you do you! I'm sure your tank will be a work of love once you get it there.
 

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When i had visitors i used to show them my fish and corals, not 'hey look at my lights, look at my skimmer, look at all the equipment.
Why do people bother buying fish and corals, just buy a tank, fill it with water and then buy lots of fancy equipment, the saving on not buying fish and corals will be immense, just think how much more money you will have to spend on equipment to show people.
It's called personal preference, my friend. I worked my butt off to have what I needed to survive, now in retirement I'll enjoy the things I WANT. My money, my preference.
 

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Although I’m not a fan of random LED lighting, I can see how the blue LED could give the ocean effect. The height of the LED could be dropped so it doesn’t grab ones attention

I’m interested to see how it looks with rock and coral.

Nice out of the box thinking, I can appreciate that!
 

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Mind sharing more as to why you believe it's ridiculous? I find peace of mind in having my LED strip glow bright red when something is amiss in my tank. I'm home a lot, don't live with my phone in my hands and generally prefer having the redundancy of alerts via phone notifications and visual. Color coding alerts is next on the smart tank list. Apex - Webcore - Smartthings - IFTTT - Tasker - Radion lighting... Love it all. Call me ridiculous if you wish, it all serves a purpose for me. Oh, I'm far from 5 years old.
Red, pink, or purple background on a reef tank looks cartoonish. A dark blue might be ok. If you want to use it for alerts, go for it. The video also showed a tank with no returns, overflow, or pumps. A black overflow box on a pink background? I use a black background so my pumps, overflow, and return blend in as much as possible. Funky colors would do just the opposite. BTW, I didn't call you ridiculous. To clarify, I said using weird colors for the background of a reef tank looks ridiculous.
 

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It's called personal preference, my friend. I worked my butt off to have what I needed to survive, now in retirement I'll enjoy the things I WANT. My money, my preference.
Yeah personal preference, doesnt mean i have to like it, or are opinions that think its great the only ones that are allowed?
I have no idea what your working situation has to do with all this, anybody would think its your tank.
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My background is solid black, but I would consider this if there weren't a background on it yet. It could introduce a natural-looking sunrise/sunset effect. I think everyone is thinking it has to stay on custom PC/Rainbow puke mode rather than set it the color you want or go through a couple color transitions as part of a photoperiod.
 

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Red, pink, or purple background on a reef tank looks cartoonish. A dark blue might be ok. If you want to use it for alerts, go for it. The video also showed a tank with no returns, overflow, or pumps. A black overflow box on a pink background? I use a black background so my pumps, overflow, and return blend in as much as possible. Funky colors would do just the opposite. BTW, I didn't call you ridiculous. To clarify, I said using weird colors for the background of a reef tank looks ridiculous.
dark blue with the shimmering would look sweet
 

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Red, pink, or purple background on a reef tank looks cartoonish. A dark blue might be ok. If you want to use it for alerts, go for it. The video also showed a tank with no returns, overflow, or pumps. A black overflow box on a pink background? I use a black background so my pumps, overflow, and return blend in as much as possible. Funky colors would do just the opposite. BTW, I didn't call you ridiculous. To clarify, I said using weird colors for the background of a reef tank looks ridiculous.
Lol, gotcha. I appreciate the clarification!
 

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It's called personal preference, my friend. I worked my butt off to have what I needed to survive, now in retirement I'll enjoy the things I WANT. My money, my preference.
Can you please read the title of this thread again.

A "color changing" background for your reef tank! What do you think?​

I just put what i think so dont be upset just because some people dont think its 'cool'
 

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Yeah personal preference, doesnt mean i have to like it, or are opinions that think its great the only ones that are allowed?
I have no idea what your working situation has to do with all this, anybody would think its your tank.

Can you please read the title of this thread again.

A "color changing" background for your reef tank! What do you think?​

I just put what i think so dont be upset just because some people dont think its 'cool'
Yikes! Easy breezy. Don't get your water too choppy...

Who's upset here? Have a wonderful day, my friend.
 

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Can you please read the title of this thread again.

A "color changing" background for your reef tank! What do you think?​

I just put what i think so dont be upset just because some people dont think its 'cool'

Although the title of the thread from Rev says “color changing”, the guy in the video specified in this thread he’s going for a natural ocean look.
 

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Whatever happened to just admiring the fish and corals?
Has the hobby really gone from keeping fish and corals to keeping fancy equipment?
I fear it has.
Gotta check out some of these European set ups.... Ive seen some crazy stuff turning equipment into decorations....

IMO I like the thought of the changeable background colors but also like my black background with spots of coraline and gsp growing like Wrigley Field lol... To each their own.
 

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Mostly Peninsula tanks here. Only background tank I have is in a downstairs basement. I painted the wall area behind it blue so it's color-changing if I want to spend $20 on wall paint.

Oooo!!! I should paint the wall reflective silver and use one of these...
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Do you have a build thread or tank journal here on R2R?

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