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Old 06-22-2010, 11:13 PM   #11
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I'm only concerned with the heat right now. before I upgraded to the t5 lights I had the standard flouresant hoods so I always had low ph. I was always told better to have consistent ph than constantly changing ph. Also the cats have had frontline plus put on them (don't know if this matters). For now I think I'm just going to leave the lights off and let the natural sun in during the day until I can get the lights raised off the tank with some coolng fans. Let me know what you guys think about this. Thanks for all the help as well.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:24 PM   #12
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Heat doesnt just come from the wasted energy of the fixture but also the light given off by the t5 lamps due to abosrbtion from the water and the rocks and whatnot in the tank. The glass lid is going to act, along with the tank itself, as a thermos and resist the transfer of energy via heat. You may decrease the temperature due to the decrease in radiated heat from the fixture, but you will still find it is high.

I have a dog that has Advanix (or whatever it is) on them and have no issues with the hair making it into the tank.

What is your pH at anyways? If it truly is stable and within range, you may just be fine the way you are. But if its low, and the temperature still needs to come down, id trade pet hair for temperature and pH problems. Might as well try your idea out and see if it solves your problem. Wont hurt anything.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:51 PM   #13
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I'm only concerned with the heat right now. before I upgraded to the t5 lights I had the standard flouresant hoods so I always had low ph. I was always told better to have consistent ph than constantly changing ph. Also the cats have had frontline plus put on them (don't know if this matters). For now I think I'm just going to leave the lights off and let the natural sun in during the day until I can get the lights raised off the tank with some coolng fans. Let me know what you guys think about this. Thanks for all the help as well.
I wouldn't do that. Your tank would soon be overtaken by some nasty algea. Like someone said before, but some small wooden spaces and raise your glass hood by about 2 inches or so.
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:51 PM   #14
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So a few days ago I removed the glass top and blocked the t5 fixture up off the tank about 4". The temps have lowered to about 79f-80f which I think is alot better but it's still no 78f. I lookng into buying a cooling fan to move some air under the fixture and I'm having my LFS trying to find me a hanging kit for my light because I can't seem to find one on the net. Hopefully the fans will lower the temp to were I want it. As for the PH I'm still yet to test it. I have always had Hoods on top off my tank so I'm hoping by runnning a open top my PH will rise to where it should be.
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78 is pretty low IMO, I set my tank at 82, unless you have fish that need colder water, keep it around 80-82. Your pH is not stable with the glass cover as you might think. Your salt buffers your water's pH to around 8.2-8.3, and with the poor oxygen exchange, your pH will drop considerably, thus, NOT a stable pH. You are better leaving it off. HTH.
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Does anyone know were I can get egg crate at? Looked on eBay but found nothing.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:35 PM   #17
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Home Depot and Lowes have it. Dont look in the lighting section, look in the ceiling panels section.

$11.00 gets you a 4ft by 2ft section.

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You will probably have an algae bloom when you first put it in. Most eggcrate leaks phosphates for a week or two after you put it in. I hear black does it less, but i have no grounds to stand on as for proof of that.
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You will probably have an algae bloom when you first put it in. Most eggcrate leaks phosphates for a week or two after you put it in. I hear black does it less, but i have no grounds to stand on as for proof of that.
Got that right! I removed all mine from the tank and just use it for covering the top to keep jumpers from going carpet surfing.

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Haha i offered to buy someones used eggcrate once, and they looked at me like i was crazy because it was all nasty. I would pay double for it once its leaked all its crap out, it just fed my HA problem the first time i put it in my frag tank. Such a horrible battle.
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