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Old 12-12-2003, 04:26 AM   #1
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Metal Halide Question

If my canopy is only 7 inchs tall, can I use MH??? I heard that you need to have them at least 8 - 12 inches above the water. Is that a must or is that so the water doesnt get too hot, becuse I have a chiller. Please let me know. TIA
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If my canopy is only 7 inchs tall, can I use MH???
Yes, but a 7" canopy is going to translate to about 5 or 6" from the surface of the water after everything is mounted. The reason the height is recommended is because of splash, if a hot MH bulb gets splashed, it will shatter. Personally my bulb is about 7-5" from the surface of the water with no splash gaurd and I haven't had a problem, but that may not be the case for you.
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no splash guard? tsk tsk
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Just to add...what is your canopy made of? If it is a stock plastic canopy without any cooling fans, a MH fixture may melt it
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Personally my bulb is about 7-5"
That is a typo, it should read 7-8", my apologis.
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My cannopy is made of wood.
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what would cause splashes.. I am in the middle of a huge decision (tank rearrangement) and may have a halide. If one does not have fish and nothing bubbling in the tank... then what else would one be afraid of?
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