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Old 10-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #11
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It can be built and painted to be stylish it's all about imagination
once it's painted black it isn't as noticable
hence the black frame under my 40b it's almost invisable
i get that, and its almost invisible because your phone is focused on the lighting from the tank and not the background, especially not that low, and i was talking about the pvc pipes.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:48 PM   #12
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Yeah my mounting options had to be wife approved "stylish" as well. turned out well. The shelf color matches rest of our furniture scheme. Also had to be deep enough for the lights. Lucked out when we found this shelf last night. More than I wanted to spend but wife approved so who am I to complain.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:56 PM   #13
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Yeah my mounting options had to be wife approved "stylish" as well. turned out well. The shelf color matches rest of our furniture scheme. Also had to be deep enough for the lights. Lucked out when we found this shelf last night. More than I wanted to spend but wife approved so who am I to complain.
lol ive got her looking at lowes and target right now as we speak, shes finding all the expensive floating shelf systems
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:26 PM   #14
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Not sure about the floating shelves. I wouldn't count on them to hold much weight at the end.

Also, I got the same lights from the same seller as Tkey. Ordered on Thursday and arrived Monday. They are super bright. only problem is they are blinding when looking at tank from couch(looking slightly up). And that is blue only on lowest setting. Might have to make some kind of artificial canopy facade.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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Not sure about the floating shelves. I wouldn't count on them to hold much weight at the end.

Also, I got the same lights from the same seller as Tkey. Ordered on Thursday and arrived Monday. They are super bright. only problem is they are blinding when looking at tank from couch(looking slightly up). And that is blue only on lowest setting. Might have to make some kind of artificial canopy facade.
That's what I'm afraid of the tank is about 2ft higher than my head from bed movie watching level lol
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That's what I'm afraid of the tank is about 2ft higher than my head from bed movie watching level lol
Build a canopy for it. That's what I did on my 210 and you'll be surprised the difference it makes on the tank. Paint the inside white to reflect the light into the tank and color match the outside to your house. They are very very very bright. Like I said they are brighter than my 3 bulb 250 watt MH fixture with 4 96 watt power compacts. BUT I do have four of them on my tank lol. Shimmer isn't what I thought it would be but I'll live. The fans aren't quite as loud as I expected. But TEX I would not plan on being able to sleep with it running lol
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Build a canopy for it. That's what I did on my 210 and you'll be surprised the difference it makes on the tank. Paint the inside white to reflect the light into the tank and color match the outside to your house. They are very very very bright. Like I said they are brighter than my 3 bulb 250 watt MH fixture with 4 96 watt power compacts. BUT I do have four of them on my tank lol. Shimmer isn't what I thought it would be but I'll live. The fans aren't quite as loud as I expected. But TEX I would not plan on being able to sleep with it running lol
I sleep with a fan almost in my face on high at night in think I can take 3 little 6v fans lol and I can imagine how bright they are without a canopy but my tank is on a dresser (solid oak) and I think it will be hard to replicate the stain.
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Then just go with a flat black on the outside and gloss white inside. It will look good. I just left the top open, put a piece of glad I had cut over the top (my 6ft x 25" piece was only $35 with polished edges) I left the back of the canopy open to let the heat and stale air escape. For the glass top I painted the whole top side with 10 coats of black plastidip, laid out my fixtures and used a razor blade to cut out the right size patern then peel it off to make a clear window. it worked out great since if I ever need to get something big in or out I just pull the glass off. But the front opens for everyday cleaning and feeding.
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This will show how much a canopy changes the focus of the tank. This is with only two of my four running since my anemones kept closing up when I'd turn all four on so I'm acclimating them now. But the room gets flooded with light when the canopy is opened especially since my canopy is about 6' from the floor to the top. I can only imagine what it would be like in a bedroom trying to sleep or nap lol
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I was thinking a u shaped "canopy" that just extends the aquarium walls up so light doesn't spill out front or sides.
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