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Old 05-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #11
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Is there a fan on your lights? If not you could try a small one also leave a gap to let the heat out under the lights. Good luck!
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I'd love some good plant growth yes. Tomorrow i'll try to keep track of temperature and see what happens. Temperature actually dropped slightly after unplugging heater, which should NOT have been on. Maybe something's wrong with the thermostat.
I have option to either turn on 1, 2 or all 3 lights at the same time, so i'm able to turn some off during midday to lower heat emission.
Good thing there's no fish in yet, so i have time to test everything
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based on a tank I've had that came with a tubular incandescent, it jacked the temp up quite a bit, I swapped it out for a cfl, no more heating up during lights on, cfl's do throw some heat depending on wattage, a 13 watt cfl will run much cooler than any tubular aquarium incandescent will..
Heat has always been the issue with CFL, hence why so many people in the saltwater game were so fast to switch to T5s and later LEDs once those lights hit the market. CFLs will grow most softies and grow coralline algae like mad, but they produce a ton of heat. T5s run significantly cooler than CFLs of the same size.
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How close is your thermometer to the surface? If you're planning on plants than you'd be good up too moderate/medium light plants, you'll need to do some research in that dept. for sure though.
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you could add something like this to blow off the heat
I use them on my saltwater set up and get good results

Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Cooling Fans
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My aquarium is a bit closed off in the top, but ill definately look into those fans if im not able to keep temperature down in other ways
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theres also this type
Aquarium Cooling Fans: Zoo Med Aqua Cool Aquarium Cooling Fan AA-13
a lot of us go with the open top made of light defuser (Egg crate) heres 1of many I made
works great letting tank breath


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That actually looks really great and serving a good purpose, what about lighting? Wont they get wet putting them on top of that?
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That actually looks really great and serving a good purpose, what about lighting? Wont they get wet putting them on top of that?

with lighting you have 2 choices

1) hang lights

2) build a light rack to raise lights 3 inch off water

the rack can be built out of the same material as the top and works good
the pict is a little blurry but you get the idea

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