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    Hey guys. I've had a few aquariums in the past, and I'm just getting back into the hobby after almost 10 years away. A friend just recently gave me a nice 55 gallon tank and stand, and I have the perfect spot for it in the living room. After moving it in the other day, I immediately noticed a very serious problem....

    Tons of glare/reflection from my 55" TV. It's a huge distraction, and almost unbearable. The tank is empty right now, but before I go any further, I need to come up with a solution. I'm in a fairly small apartment, and putting it anywhere else would be a major hassle, not to mention it would no longer be featured as prominently.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? Is there any sort of tint or anti-glare coating which could be applied to the glass?

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    A 55" in a small appartment?

    Most obvious solution would be to adjust the angle of the TV. There's some specialist foils that can reduce glare but tricky to find and no idea how they will keep on a tank

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    Not only will glare be an annoyance to you viewing, but it could be harmful to the fish. Noises and movement outside the tank can cause severe stress, which is why people recommend a quiet space for a fish tank.

    I have been sitting quietly in front of one of my tanks several times when someone across the street slams a car door; I don't think it is much of a noise, but all the fish in the tank will jump at the sound. I only mention this to illustrate.

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    On the other hand, people do have fish in noisy and busy rooms with no signs of stress, or any harmful effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeonflame View Post
    On the other hand, people do have fish in noisy and busy rooms with no signs of stress, or any harmful effects.
    True, though which of us can say the fish is not being stressed? But I agree, fish do get used to things. I now have a dedicated fish room, and the fish mainly disappear when I enter it; they come back out after a few moments. When I had my tanks in or next to the main living space in my former home, they got used to me moving about.

    With a TV I am much more concerned with the visual. It is known that outside lights do stress fish, and depending upon the TV program this could be an issue. Given how light affects fish through their eyes and also every cell which is highly light sensitive, I would not want flashing lights in the room, relatively close to the fish anyway.

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    I also feel that the fish should eventually get used to the TV, though it was in the back of my mind a little bit.

    Right now my biggest concern is reducing the glare. If the glare can't be reduced significantly, I'm going to have to stop and rethink the whole thing. I may not even set up the aquarium until I move somewhere else.

    For now, I'm going to slap on a cheap background and fill the tank. We'll see if that improves the situation any. I'm still interested to hear any suggestions. My first initial thought was some very light automotive tint, or some sort of spray-on coating.

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    On the other hand, people do have fish in noisy and busy rooms with no signs of stress, or any harmful effects.
    True. But I've seen tanks at schools that kept losing tetras because the poor things were stressed out from very active kids. I've also seen a mbuna tank in a restaurant where the fish were glaring at the customers and giving them the evil eye.

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    If you don't want to move the tank then why not move the television and sofa, unless it's mounted to the wall it shouldn't be that much of a hassle.
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    They make anti glare films for tvs and monitors that should work well on your tank. Just make sure the dimensions fit. I did a quick search and found nushield.com and photodon.com. The latter makes films for most tvs as well as custom size films of any size. I also know 3M makes an anti-reflection film called Vikuiti but I don't know if it is available for consumers, or just for manufacturers of displays... try www.3m.com/vikuiti

    if the options above don't work, just Google anti-reflective films for tvs and you should find other options.

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    Thanks wgoldfarb, I'll take a look at those. I did a few searches before posting, but wasn't coming up with much. I hadn't thought of TV film. Those should work well because they're probably designed to let most of the light and colors through.

    As far as my actual TV, it's set in position and not going to move. I have one nice spot for the tank, and if it can't go there it will have to go in a different room (and become a major hassle).

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