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Old 03-25-2012, 12:49 PM   #291
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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.
Also since its going to be freshwater at first I don't need to worry about salt buildup yet. And there won't be as much flow as saltwater. I will need to get new lights when I start saltwater, but for now maybe they will be ok without the tops... I will go look at them in about an hour. I should be done with housework by then!
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:18 PM   #292
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+1 on an open top. If you can mount your lights high enough from the water there's no need for a cover on them.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:51 PM   #293
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Here's a picture of the one light.

Any opinions on that spray paint idea? And do you still think I don't need the glass tops?
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:08 PM   #294
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As far as the paint, I would think at least for freshwater it would be fine.
The light is a freshwater light, 40 watt T12 bulb ( normal size ) fluorescent. With this type of light on freshwater, you should use the covers, covers won't be as much of a hassle with fresh, and light won't give off too much heat, and it doesn't have a splash guard. I assumed that this was saltwater. This light would work for a saltwater setup, with covers, but a fish-only setup. This light will not be able to support live rock, or corals
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As far as the paint, I would think at least for freshwater it would be fine.
The light is a freshwater light, 40 watt T12 bulb ( normal size ) fluorescent. With this type of light on freshwater, you should use the covers, covers won't be as much of a hassle with fresh, and light won't give off too much heat, and it doesn't have a splash guard. I assumed that this was saltwater. This light would work for a saltwater setup, with covers, but a fish-only setup. This light will not be able to support live rock, or corals
Thank you! I am going to turn this into saltwater after awhile when I get everything I need for a reef tank setup. I can see how it would have been confusing. it's my first purchase towards a saltwater aquarium. Since I don't want it sitting around empty for months, I'm going to do a planted freshwater tank. Thank you for your advice on the paint. They guy took horrible care of the tank and the outside housing of the light is bad and no amount of scrubbing is going to make it look nice.

Today's shopping list is filters, ammonia, spray paint and pool filter sand. Hooray!
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Have you looked at dr foster and smith's sand before you get pool filter? It is nice to have the ph buffer from agrigate sand and the price wasn't bad. I bought 60 lbs for my 55 for like 60 bucks.
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Have you looked at dr foster and smith's sand before you get pool filter? It is nice to have the ph buffer from agrigate sand and the price wasn't bad. I bought 60 lbs for my 55 for like 60 bucks.
I hadn't looked yet. Alot of people over on the freshwater boards use the pool filter sand so I thought I'd just go with that. It's $12 for a 50lb bag at a local pool shop. Of course the agrigate sand would be able to be used in saltwater?

All I know is I dont want the ugly gravel that came with the tank and since I have nothing for substrate and not alot of money left for fish stuff right now, I thought the pool filter sand would be cheap and look nice. And I won't feel bad throwing it away later if I don't want to use it.

My husband wants to catch a bass and keep it in the aquarium until we get it ready for saltwater. Keeping in mind that it will grow too big but we can either eat it or release it back into the river.
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For fresh, pretty much anything will work for substrate, all that really matters is aesthetics and ability to clean it in some way. But for salt you would need to change to something. More suited for marine application. There are many options as far as live sand, sizes, some colors, etc., and crushed coral. Research substrates when time provides and find what you would like .
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TBH, I wouldn't make it planted. You can save up the money. Maybe get a few cheap fish and baserock for decor. Then you can reuse the base in your SW tank
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