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Old 07-22-2012, 12:45 PM   #21
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OK. Let me show some pics of what I have going on with my tank. As far as room for lights and what not...
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:23 PM   #22
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Wells here's my tank now...

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:30 PM   #23
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If you buy or build a canopy, you can easily mount enough t5 bulbs for corals, I would also recommend losing the glass tops.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:16 PM   #24
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Yea I wish there wad a way to cut the black plastic top off so I could just put eggcrate over the whole thing. The reason I have the glass there is so my fish don't jump out and to protect my light for getting wet
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #25
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Mounting the lights to the top of a canopy is going to put them 3-4 inches from the water, they may get some salt creep, but not likely to get wet. Most people put nothing between the lights and the water. While some fish will jump, most won't you just have to research your fish before you buy.
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They say my wrasse may jump that's why I was thinking egg crate. But it seems um gonna need at least a 4 bulb fixture to have the correct wattage for my 35 gallon. And this is a problem because I have that built on plastic top that's gonna block a lot of light. Any ideas???
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:30 PM   #27
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They say my wrasse may jump that's why I was thinking egg crate. But it seems um gonna need at least a 4 bulb fixture to have the correct wattage for my 35 gallon. And this is a problem because I have that built on plastic top that's gonna block a lot of light. Any ideas???
I didn't look closely enough at the pictures, I see now its a flat back hex. I would look into either a different tank, that will fit on the same size stand or look into having a custom frame built for the top of the tank without the light blockage. A new tank is probably cheaper.
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Try to cut it out like this. Not this sloppy tho.lol

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Try to cut it out like this. Not this sloppy tho.lol
Cutting it out may work, but it may need additional bracing due to the shape of the tank.
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Yea that's what I figured that's why I haven't messed with it. I did cut some eggcrate to fit the front opening. Gotta wait on the lights in broke. Looked at some ballasts at Lowes they had t8 and t12 but none 36" which is what I need. Are the lights and ballast interchangeable as far as t5 t8 and t12??? Thanks for all the replies by the way. Greatly appreciated.
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