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Old 08-31-2004, 02:01 PM   #11
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Coralife also makes some single moonlights that slide on the track on the back of the light housing. They also come with suction cups so yu can put them on the glass if you want. They sell them in 3/4 watt or 1 watt. Might be an option for you. I have them on mine and they work great. DO NOT remove the center support...very bad.
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Woah, great thickness you have there. Cant find one these day unless a custom order ($$$).

All my lfs 55-75 gal using 1 cm thickness glass.
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If you do anything to that center brace it'll void the warranty on the tank...and if the tank breaks and dumps 70 gallons of water onto your carpet, the manufacturer isn't responsible. Those braces usually come with a sticker on them saying "Do not use this brace as a handle!"
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Im not sure which light fixture you have, but Im assuming its either about 250 bucks or 450 bucks, depending on the power rating. Id rather void the warranty on my tank than the warranty on my light fixture. Now, I would make two metal straps, heavy steel and painted to resist corrosion; each long enough to sit on top of the tank from front to back. Each end should hang over about an inch....bend the ends down at 90 degrees so you have a bracket that fits snugly on the tank and will prevent any bowing of the glass. Id put one on either side of the center and then remove the center plastic brace. If your tank is open top, this should work fine although I cant be held responsible for broken tanks! Id try the straps myself, before I cut into my 450 dollar light fixture.
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Drillling a hole in the cross bar will weaker the structure and its quit imposible without proper equipment (not std power drill). Driling a hole through a glass been discuss before in DYI section. Drilling through the coralife is much simpler and easier.
Yup. Much better idea then mine.
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Are you sure of this? I just cant imagine that because its just a thin plastic piece....
The tensile strength of that thin plastic piece is probably 1,000 lbs or more.
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