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Old 02-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been into fish keeping for along time now but never messed with planting. Always enjoyed the look but never spent the time to learn all the necessary info. The tank I have came with a nice oak stand and a lighting system but it is def not enough to to grow plants. It is a 55 gallon with a center brace and has to lids that have hinged fronts to feed the fish and spots in the back to take out for heater wires/intake etc. All the way across from left to right is a 4" or so clear spot for the single tube fixture to sit on and shine through. I am getting a t5 ho lighting fixture with the legs to set on top. It is the aquatic life model with the acrylic piece to keep condensation and such off the bulbs. However I want to have a lid of sorts in case the fixture ever falls. What do most people use? It would preferably be hinged in the front and not go all the way to the back to allow for the intake and what not. My first thought was a couple of pieces of plexiglass cut to fit. Would this work? Would the material have any affect on the transfer of light into the aquarium? Sorry to make this a long post, just trying to give as much info as possible.
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I use the glass tops that are hinged in the middle. They come with a plastic strip that you can cut for equipment. I do not bother with that.
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Thanks for the reply! I will have to search for those. Actually I think I saw them somewhere online and they sold one specifically for a 55 with the brace but all the reviews said they don't fit. Go figure.
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Here's an idea to consider. I suspended my lighting fixture using wrought iron plant hangers and plastic coated metal chain and some hardware. I used stainless steel hardware This allows me to slide the fixture back to the wall and/or raise it for maintenance on the gravel or plants. There's no chance of it falling in the water. Check out the pictures.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey that's a really neat idea! I like the diy type of equipment. My only problem is that the wall space above the tank is already limited. Been thinking of moving the tank so ill have to look at my options.
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Thats one oif the keys to make maintenance much easier. I believe some aquarist's will consider my idea. Good luck in relocating the tank.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a 55 gallon reef tank with the center brace and also use the aquatic life fixture (4 bulb). I actually removed the legs off my fixture and it rests directly on the rim of the tank. If I set it down off center and it misses one side the center brace keeps it from falling in. It scared me at first but after messing with it, I'd literally have to TRY to put the fixture in the water. That being said, the legs will help reduce your light intensity. That's a pretty powerful light being that each bulb has individual reflectors
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Here's an idea to consider. I suspended my lighting fixture using wrought iron plant hangers and plastic coated metal chain and some hardware. I used stainless steel hardware This allows me to slide the fixture back to the wall and/or raise it for maintenance on the gravel or plants. There's no chance of it falling in the water. Check out the pictures.
I really like how you've done that. May I ask how you have the light fixture attached to the hood?
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Default Re: What do you use to seperate lighting fixture from water?

keep this in mind- if you go with a glass hinged top, after a while they are not clear any more and hard to clean. A PITA. Now I have an open-topped tank with legs on the fixture (Tek Light). Fixture also has a clear cover to prevent splashes to the bulbs. Being up off the water, it hardly ever gets wet and stays clear.
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