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Old 05-27-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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New canopy question

I have a 75 gallon reef and I'm thinking about making a canopy. My question is with a canopy and lights in the canopy should I keep the glass lid on? Or can I take it off and not have the moister mess up my T5 HO light. Thanks for your advise ahead of time.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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I'd encourage you to remove the glass lid regardless if you had a canopy or not. By removing the lid you get better gas exchange and a healthier tank. Since you're going to have a caopy anyway, you'll be fine without it.
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So what is gas exchange and why do I need it? Also what about the evaporation loss from a uncovered tank? It just seems like I would have a lot of water evaporate every day.
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A glass lid should still have some openings to allow for air movement and gas exchange, usually in the closeout piece. It will lessen evaporation, and prevent fish from jumping from the tank. It will also keep your lighting dry. With a canopy, you will lesse the jumping losses, but they are usually open along the back.
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So anyone have any good pictures of a hood they have made that they would not mind if I took a few ideas from?
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I made a simple frame then skinned it with cherry veneer ply. Then used cherry moldings to finish it off. Coat the interior with a water resistant paint and clear coat. I sealed the exterior with polyurethane. Initially my lights sat on the bottom frame but the last light upgrade I modified the canopy to suspend the light from aluminum square stock. The lights easy lift out of the canopy very easy by these "handles" and make it very easy to get into the tank when needed.





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That looks good. I found some spray paint that is aluminum colored. I tested it out and it comes out with a very reflective shine. I will try it out in the inside. But how do you keep fish from
Jumping out the back?
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That looks good. I found some spray paint that is aluminum colored. I tested it out and it comes out with a very reflective shine. I will try it out in the inside. But how do you keep fish from
Jumping out the back?
Just enclose the back and skin all sides.
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I didn't have any issues with fish jumping initially but did end up with some losses and made a barrier with egg crate. If you box it in completely you should add a few vents for air flow and add some fans to avoid moisture condensation within the canopy and to reduce heat.
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That looks good. I found some spray paint that is aluminum colored. I tested it out and it comes out with a very reflective shine. I will try it out in the inside. But how do you keep fish from
Jumping out the back?
Tests have proven that the best colour for light reflection, when using paint, is white.
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