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Old 06-12-2011, 08:43 PM   #21
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This may be a stupid question, but do you have a clear cover on the tank? Or is it just open between the water and the lighting?

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:33 PM   #22
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Right now its open, but was planning on having some thin glass cut to fit in 3 pieces tomorrow, why? Any better ideas? Thanks, Im loving it too.
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No, just wondered if it was ok to leave them open or not.

I just picked up a used 55g cichlid setup and its in worse shape than I thought. I've been thinking about trying something like this.
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lining the hood with some sort of reflective material may give you a bit more brightness with just the 2 bulbs.. and the glass cover sounds good...just don't forget handles lol
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:05 PM   #25
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Yes, I believe it will prolong the lifetime of the hood, bamecause humidity could certanly damage the wood, so I'll definately go for glass lids. On my 15 gal I covered the inside of the hood with aluminum foil, I might do something along those lines.

If you do try to build one I'll be glad to help with what I can.
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just one question. how does youur hood rest on the tank? did you build tabs on the inside of the hood that rest on the tank??
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:19 PM   #27
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The lateral sides of the hood currently rest on the tank and I ran out of wood, but tomorrow or the day after I'll get some more and add rest to front and back.

I did it this way so the front and back could go a little bit down and cover the front part specially where the water level is visible. That way from the front all that is seen is water not the fogged air portion.
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ahh ok. I think imma put L-brackets on the inside lower portion so that my hood sits down over the black framing..
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Thats An option, but if you get but the tinniest gap some light will come through.
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Its been a couple of weeks now, plants are loving the new lights!
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