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Old 12-07-2004, 04:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am contemplating installing a 2x55 watt power compact set over my 29 gallon. At the moment, I use ordinary fluorescents without a cover glass over the tank. Will a cover glass be necessary with the power compacts?
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I am contemplating installing a 2x55 watt power compact set over my 29 gallon. At the moment, I use ordinary fluorescents without a cover glass over the tank. Will a cover glass be necessary with the power compacts?
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Welcome to the forum! Most vendors will tell you that a cover is needed so as not to void any warranties and such. But, in practice, many planted tank folks run without a glass cover. It will give you some condensation issues within the reflectors, but they're not that bad to keep clean. I've been running without a glass cover ever since I stepped up to a 96w that heated the glass to much that raised my tank water that caused some deaths... You get the picture.

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Brian, what do you use to clean your reflectors, and how frequently do you find it necessary to clean them? I have grown tired of trying to keep the glass covers clean, and am wondering if it would be easier to clean the reflectors.
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I didn't realize it was my first post to this forum. Hi, all. Great stuff here!

I rely on evaporation to keep things cool in summer, so a cover glass was of some concern. A friend suggested that PC bulbs run pretty hot and that splashing might cause them to shatter. I've never had any problems with normal fluroescents suspended 2-3 inches above the surface.
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I run glass between my PC's and the water surface to prevent such "splash-induced emergencies," to avoid hot bits of broken glass to fall into the tank if a tube breaks during routine maintenance, and to limit evaporation. I have 6 fans across the back of my canopy to keep things running cooler.

Cleaning the glass lids isn't my favorite task, but I'd hate trying to clean broken phosphorus-coated glass out of the tank even more.
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Old 12-07-2004, 01:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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To be on the safe side you should have glass tops between any lighting you use. BUT the truth be told I hardly ever use them now. It is a pain to take them off and put them back on just about every night. But then I am doing it on at last three tank per night. I do put them on when the temp is going to drop way down at night. With glass tops on, it helps keep in heat but if you are having a heat problem keeping them off helps cool the tank.

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Personally, I use baby wipes to clean off my reflectors. I typically forget to look, so I'd say I end up cleaning them every 2-3 months. There are other suggestions around the forum for harder deposits (Windex, if I recall?), so search around if you run into this.

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Old 12-08-2004, 05:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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What type of PC do you have ?
Ive got a caral life...and a JBJ fermosa...
They both have a plexi glass shield ...
Although my GE doesnt have that...

But im gonna be running my 75 gal without glass top also..

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A flat piece of glass is much easier to clean than a faceted piece of metal with lightbulb around them. Reflectors are prone to scratching so use soft cloth or shammy. You should unplug and remove the lightbulbs before cleaning.
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