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Old 12-15-2004, 02:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help. Well, at least I have a metal halide in this strip along with the other lights, right?

I cant go with a pendant, becuase of where the tank sits. There is about 12 feet (or more) above the tank. It sits on a ledge on the chimney, kind of hard to explain. I will have to take a picture.
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Hi Amy,

Now that I see the tank location, I can see the challenge. Although a pendant could probably be made to work by hanging it from an arm cantilevered out from either the chimney or the stairs, you wouldn't want to be looking up at it from the ground floor. Same thing with a flourescent that is up on legs above the tank. The direct glare from the lamps will make viewing the tank unpleasant, IMO.

I think your best bet is to find/have built a hexagonal hood that rests on top of the tank and that completely encloses the lights. Half of the top should open for daily maintenance, and it should be light enough to lift completely off for bigger maintenance. This problem seems that it would be common enough that there should be someone somewhere selling premade hoods for these tanks, but if not it wouldn't be a big project for a talented carpenter.

The cost of a custom hood could be offset by installing www.ahsupply.com lamps/reflectors inside. Sorta like this, except made to fit your tank:

http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...543#9316055543

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Old 12-15-2004, 06:49 AM   #14 (permalink)
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Amy Parker:
Well, at least I have a metal halide in this strip along with the other lights, right?
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yes it does, it looks like you made a wise decision. Now you just need to order some 6700k bulbs to replace the actinic and you will be good to go.


btw, you "could" put a pendant there easily. But now that I see the location, I wouldn't want it anyway. I would not want to look up into a bright light like that while trying to look into the tank.
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Old 12-15-2004, 06:55 AM   #15 (permalink)
 
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That's a sweet looking fireplace and wrap around steps. A lush growing tank will only add to the beauty. Good luck with lighting hunt!!

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