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Old 03-25-2012, 04:47 AM   #281
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Looks like a good start.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:48 AM   #282
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Are you going to be using a smaller sump for this tank?
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:18 AM   #283
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Are you going to be using a smaller sump for this tank?
Probably eventually. It's going to take a whole for me to get all the stuff to get started on saltwater. I'm going to get a few freshwater fish in the meantime so it isn't sitting in the living room empty.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:21 AM   #284
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... the filters look like they've been dropped in acid lol
They look better now! The see-through filter I thought was black! It was so caked with algae. The black filter was barely dirty at all. I think the guy raised algae and not fish...
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #285
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Looks like a good start.
I'd say that's about right. I'm getting new glass tops because one was broken and taped together... and then I accidentally stepped on it and broke it more. Oops. The other is so covered in hard water... They sell them for $12 on amazon. I'll just get new ones. LOL!
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:09 AM   #286
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Don't even bother with the glass tops. Leave it open. This will give you more gas exchange and help with your ph.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:45 AM   #287
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I agree, don't even bother with the tops, you end up cleaning them weekly,better gas exchange without, less heat trapped from the lights, and light gets scattered slightly ( less going in the tank). If your worried about jumpers you can get screens for the same price or cheaper.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:34 PM   #288
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But the light says not to use over open water. In other words telling me I need the tops. Can I use them without the tops?
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What light is it? I don't see why it couldn't be used. As long as there isn't a ton of splashing there shouldn't be an issue. My T5HO has plexiglass over the bulbs. When it comes to my radions, well I'll just be hanging them so they don't get wet and salt buildup.
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What light is it? I don't see why it couldn't be used. As long as there isn't a ton of splashing there shouldn't be an issue. My T5HO has plexiglass over the bulbs. When it comes to my radions, well I'll just be hanging them so they don't get wet and salt buildup.
I don't know exactly. On light looks like maybe a T-8? The other light has a bigger bulb. He said it was a "growing light". They both do not have any sort of plexiglass. I will go out to the garage and look at them to see what brand they are in a little bit. I have to do the dishes first.

So if the lights work and I can't make the housing look pretty, do you think it would be ok to use some spray paint? The kind you use if you wanted to repaint your grill? I'd think it would be ok and be able to withstand any heat the bulbs create... I need advice on that one for sure!
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