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Old 05-04-2005, 10:37 PM   #1
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Canopy Design for Power Compacts

My tank is a 50 gallon tank that is 20 inches high and 30 inches long. I plan on buying a retrofit kit that is power compact only. It will either be 4X55 or 4X65 watts. My question is, should it be 8 inches above the waterline like metal halide or should it be Closer.

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Old 05-04-2005, 11:00 PM   #2
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I have mine sittin right on the top..
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:05 PM   #3
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You have retofit kits sitting right on top? On top of what? Glass Canopy, Eggcrate? Do you have any pics?

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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

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Old 05-04-2005, 11:13 PM   #4
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I have this hood http://www.captivereefs.com/captiver...ubCatID=lunar#
sitting ontop of the eggcrate I have on the top.. but the lights actually are sitting on the black frame on the glass..sorry no pic..
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:29 PM   #5
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i have to get two retrofit kits because my tank has weird dimensions, and i cant get enough wattage in one stip. This is why i have to either get two stips, or two retofits. I think im gonna go with two retofits because i think it will look better if i had a canopy, i think two of what you have would look to cluttered on top of my tank.
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:43 PM   #6
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I agree.. maybe u can get a canopy then and try hanging them in there.. prolly will like it better that way.. GET A FAN! these lights are hot..
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:44 PM   #7
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yeah, thats my point, im not sure if i should give it an 8 inch clearance. I figured that the canopy would hide the clutter. Thanks for your help.

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Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

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Old 05-05-2005, 10:31 AM   #8
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Oceanicsublimat, those Coralifes come with fans already on them (Unless you got an older model or something).
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:48 AM   #9
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If you install a splash guard as part of the hood, the lights can be as close as you want. Without the splash guard you should have some distance to protect the bulbs. Just keep in mind the more the lights are elevated, the less effective they are.

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