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Old 03-11-2013, 10:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: What do you use to seperate lighting fixture from water?

I also prefer to suspend my fixtures 8-10 inches above the top of the tank and keep my tanks open top. It makes for more evaporation and eliminates keeping jumpy fish, but I have my hands in the tank almost daily so I like the easy access. I also like the minimalist look.
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agreed. Every now and then someone jumps out, but it keeps the cats entertained!
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I really like how you've done that. May I ask how you have the light fixture attached to the hood?
Sorry about not responding in a timely manner as I do not know how I missed your message.

My lights are led's and theres two of them. they are 7 inches square and have mounting holes. Four screws on each is all it takes; then a I made two holes in the back of the hood to pull the wires through. I added a short length of vinyl hose in each hole to protect the wires from rubbing against the hood.
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Default Re: What do you use to seperate lighting fixture from water?

Thanks! I have low light/low tech and use a Home Depot Diamond Plate T8 fixture on my 125, but I think I can rig something similar up - suspending the fixture a few inches below the "shade" (I can't quite call it a canopy). I noticed the holes you drilled for ventilation and to disperse heat. Got me thinkin'...it looks really good!
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Default Re: What do you use to seperate lighting fixture from water?

On one tank I use 2 pieces of roughly cut rusty pipe. Wedged on the beautiful plastic rim of my aquarium. The pipes raise the fixture about 1/2" above the rim. The bulbs are about 1-1/2" from the surface of the water.

Another tank has a goosneck contraption. That way I can move the light up so it blinds me if I want to. The fixture hangs about 2" from the surface of the water.

Another one has the fixture sitting on the center brace and extending to the gorgeous plastic rim on both sides. 1" to the surface of the water.

Done away with any glass tops a long time ago. Get dirty and look ugly anyway. All my light fixtures do not need to be moved to change water, feed fish, or dump boxes of fertilizers in them. "Ask Lazy to teach you wisdom." as we say in the motherland.
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