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Black vs Clear silicone?

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What do you think?
Tank size will be 72x30x25 rimless starphire.

Right now I'm dead center.

I like black silicone, classy looking, isn't effected by algae/medicine. But can be confine... this is a large tank will it be as confine as smaller one? Also does black silicone last longer? this is a myth?

Clear silicone... nice ADA style, feeling of an more "open" tank. But the negative is susceptible to being green by angle and medicine. Hopefully I don't have to medicate the entire tank...

I plan to keep altum angel, if that will add anything to the argument.

Any pictures of planted black silione tank?


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Black? no thanks..

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I'd go black.



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I was at this same crossroads not to long ago. I ended up going with black becuase I wanted my tank to have a deep water feel with all plantes being a dark color. Also black looks much better in the long run. It dosn't change color like clear can. I would go black all the way.

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Absolutely the clear silicone. Why border the tank in black on all sides if you're going frameless? Black silicone on a frameless tank just doesn't make any sense to me; it does work better visually on a tank with the traditional frame though.
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Check http://www.eloseurope.com/en/index.p...mart&Itemid=87

All of Elos tanks have black silicone.

ADA tanks also come in black silicone.
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All personal preference, in my opinion. Look at the first place on the xl tank of the 2007 AGA contest. Tanks seems to have black silicon.

With the thickness of your glass your tank can be build the way ADA does, without silicon bead beyond the actual glass contact area.

This way the actual area for silicon and water contact/algae growth can be "really" small. Discoloring will be minimal.

I think both ways do look nice.

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Seems like we're evenly split too.

If I was bothering to go rimless and starphire, I'd go clear; otherwise it seems pointless (to me) to bother.

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For me, rimless = clear. I do have several framed tanks w/black silicone and love the look.
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Thanks for the replies.

I've decided to go with black for the following reasons:
- Always wanted rimless... but rimless + black... hehe we'll see.
- Always planned the tank to be black, and with all things that I do, last minute change always isn't the right choice
- I don't think black silicone would be confine on a large tank.
- And most importantly, I brought in my ultimate decision maker, my wife . She said black looks better, even play devil advocate and try to convice her to go for clear.

So wish me luck with black. will start a journal once I receive the tank.

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Check out this members site from Reefcentral.

http://invincible569.squarespace.com...300g-delivery/

His tank is of similar size and went with Starfire glass and black silicone.

Looks awesome.
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I'd go black.
EWWWW, the question is, why would you not pick clear silicone, black is ugly, distracting, and really stands out. It greatly takes away from that "cube of water" effect. 100% clear silicone!

I'm still asking myself, why black? ew....

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EWWWW, the question is, why would you not pick clear silicone, black is ugly, distracting, and really stands out. It greatly takes away from that "cube of water" effect. 100% clear silicone!

I'm still asking myself, why black? ew....
I think a rimless tank with a black background, black silicone, and some black MH pendants or T5 fixture hanging over it looks killer. Just like in Invincible589's pictures. Just my personal preference.



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It's all personal preference. I'm a big fan of black silicone, but recently decided to go back to clear, though still think black looks awesome.
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