Sealing wall behind new tank?

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  1. jwt1603

    jwt1603 Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    I'm about to get my first big tank, Red Sea 525XL. We're in a new house and I was wondering if I should use some type of sealer on the wall behind the tank. I don't want to ruin the wall. How much water will splash up on the wall in normal use? It's regular painted sheetrock wall. And is humidity / evaporation an issue? Do I need to put a sealer on and then repaint the wall before placing the tank? The floor is tile so that's easy to fix if I spill a little water on it. I've got a BioCube 16 now so the tank size / volume differential is considerable and I didn't really think about with the small tank.

    Any thoughts? Or am I over-thinking this?

    Thanks.
     
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    jwt1603 Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    I guess I should clarify that I'm new to SW. I've only had the small tank about 6 months.
     
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    Yes, I would install green Sheetrock over your existing Sheetrock behind the tank. Green Sheetrock is used in bathrooms and it won't rot if it gets wet. Regular sheetrock is made with regular paper on it and it will turn to mold and rot the sheetrock
     
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    Doesn't that just have an overflow that goes down into a sump? There shouldn't be much, if any, splashing going on. My first salt water tank was a 55 fish only with a HOB bio wheel. That left a mark...lol. I don't think yours will.
     
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    jwt1603 Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    Thanks. I'm a little nervous about the big tank so I'm probably making this too complicated.
     
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