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Old 03-31-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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hello all. have been reading the posts on this web site for 3 weeks now. it's a great site. i have a 29 gal fresh water setup with an eclipse 3 hood. getting ready to set up a 52 gal flat back hex tank that a friend gave me. the hex has no hood or lights. any suggestions for an african tank?
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the hex has no hood or lights. any suggestions for an african tank
Sounds like you're gonna need a coralife light strip for the tank. Check Drsfostersmith.com and Biglalsonline.com for some nice ones.
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thanks, any suggestions of filters?
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Welcome to AA! I'd recommend a cannister filter in combo with a HOB, For the HOB I prefer Aqua clears and cannisters you will get a varied opinion about. I have several fluvals with no problems. The XP is another favorite of members here.
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:30 PM   #6
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checked out the lights, can i use plexiglass to cover the tank?
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has anyone used plexiglass to cover a tank?
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Yeah they have, I think I remember reading about the heat from the lights building up and making the plexiglass sag down some.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:35 PM   #9
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I BOUGHT THE CORALIFE SINGLE STRIP COMPACT FLOR WITH THE FLIP UP LEGS, SO THERE WILL BE A SPACE BETWEEN THE LIGHT AND COVER, I THINK. THE PLEXIGLASS WILL BE OK? THE LIGHT COMES WITH AN ACRYLIC COVER OVER THE BULBS ALSO.
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Should be fine. It may sag in the middle if it is thin or there is no cross brace on the tank. If you buy a little thicker plexiglass you should be fine.
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