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Old 01-27-2015, 10:18 AM   #191
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OK I just finished hanging my light from the ceiling. Here's another picture.


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Old 01-27-2015, 10:19 AM   #192
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Does that light look to high. I extended the cable down as far as it would go.

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Old 01-27-2015, 11:53 AM   #193
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Should I put the sand in first or the water?

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Old 01-27-2015, 12:08 PM   #194
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I like to add the sand last, and I use a funnel and a length of pvc to add the sand. Easier to "aim" and it keeps the cloudiness to a minimum.


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I like to add the sand last, and I use a funnel and a length of pvc to add the sand. Easier to "aim" and it keeps the cloudiness to a minimum.


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Thanks BigRed. That's a good idea to use a funnel and PVC. I think I will try that.

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Old 01-27-2015, 03:27 PM   #196
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Thanks for the info Paul. So your tank is open on top.

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Yes it currently is. I used to keep an eggcrate on my top to help prevent and jumping fish until it broke here recently. Just not gonna worry about it until I get to my new 40. I will probably leave it open. There are nice DIY screen tops as well that are possibly the best.
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Just looking at it, it does appear high. What kind of light is it?
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I have a 120 watt LED panel over my 38 and it is about 9"-10" from the aquarium.
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:36 PM   #198
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Yes it currently is. I used to keep an eggcrate on my top to help prevent and jumping fish until it broke here recently. Just not gonna worry about it until I get to my new 40. I will probably leave it open. There are nice DIY screen tops as well that are possibly the best.

Just looking at it, it does appear high. What kind of light is it?
Do you get a lot of water evaporation with an open top. It is a pain to have to clean the glass all the time. I may do the diy screen and take the glass lid off. I do like the look of the open top.

I have a Euphotica 24 full spectrum 120 watts. To lower it I would have to get some more cable which I may have to do.

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Do you get a lot of water evaporation with an open top. It is a pain to have to clean the glass all the time. I may do the diy screen and take the glass lid off. I do like the look of the open top.

I have a Euphotica 24 full spectrum 120 watts. To lower it I would have to get some more cable which I may have to do.

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I wouldn't say alot of evaporation, just usual I suppose. The ATO takes makes top off too easy. Personally I didn't consider it convenient to clean the glass lids. If left uncleaned for a while it can become very hard to get clear again. That light appears to be very similar to mine except mine isn't full spectrum.
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I wouldn't say alot of evaporation, just usual I suppose. The ATO takes makes top off too easy. Personally I didn't consider it convenient to clean the glass lids. If left uncleaned for a while it can become very hard to get clear again. That light appears to be very similar to mine except mine isn't full spectrum.
I really like the light because i can customize it to simulate sunrise and sunset. I'm going to get some decorative chain today so I can extend my light down and cover the existing wire. I ordered another check valve and will install that when it comes in. Then I can fill the tank. The saltwater is at 1.023 salinity. I'm in the process of heating the water now.

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