I thought the most difficult part was done. I retro-fitted two lights to a 13" square top for my nano tank. The top lies flush with the sides of the tank and the lights hang down from there. Only problem is, I am getting too much condensation on the lights! Now, I have a couple options...
1. cut two pieces of glass that will rest below the lights but above the water on a natural edge around the top of the tank.
2. lift the hood so it will not be flush anymore.
While #1 will look better, I am thinking lifting the lights will be the best option even though the tank was originally made to hide the lighting. But, when I have both lights on, the top inch of water gets pretty hot. So, I am operating at 50% capacity at the moment. It works because there isn't so much condensation on the lights and the water temp remains normal. I do have to keep the "feeder door" open though. I guess technically I could supply a small computer fan but I am still not sure this will work as well as lifting the light 2-4 inches up.
So, what says you? And, if it is option #2, what could I use to lift the lights? I have been picking my brain for two days trying to think of common house hold items or something I could use from Lowes/Home Depot. Hanging the lights is not an option.
*edit* Here is a picture of the tank, I am holding up the lights, but the top of the lid lays flush with the top of the tank.