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Old 03-30-2013, 12:29 AM   #11
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Are there any particular advantages to having an opaque hood that covers the whole tank like marinelands hood vs keeping the light fixture on the back of a typical glass top?
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:36 AM   #12
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Are there any particular advantages to having an opaque hood that covers the whole tank like marinelands hood vs keeping the light fixture on the back of a typical glass top?
To be honest with you D, I had two 24" glass "versa" tops on my last 60 gallon rectangular that I just didn't care for; I don't know what it was, but I was ALWAYS dropping these things in the tank water or stepping on them, cracking them when I took them off and placed them on the floor as I did a water change or tank maintenance (took me awhile to figure out I should LEAN the dang things against the WALL instead ) and I always found they collected a TON of lime/calcium buildups that just wouldn't come off no matter what kind of chemicals I used (OFF the tank, of course)...with the new tank I bought, a Marineland Heartland 60 gallon, the black plastic 24" hoods just seem more convenient...first of all, I don't have to take off a wood canopy, then a light strip and then two glass tops just to get to the water...I am not getting the nasty lime buildup from evaporation (though there is some starting on the filter plastics and the backs of the hoods because I am running a TON of bubbles at the back of this tank) and I just feel "safer" with the plastic hoods...

Though, I must say, a full wooden canopy over glass tops on a tank DOES look sweet and "put together" in a room...
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ArtesiaWells, I don't think Marineland makes a hood with LEDs big enough for a 48" tank.

Jason, how did you mod your light? Did you start with the one with a timer or the one with a single switch that goes to either day or night mode. I'm pretty good with a wire stripper if told what to do.
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Yeah, a canopy would be nice. That'll probably be my end game when I have time to build one. Maybe one with a hinged door on top so the whole thing doesn't need to come off for water changes unless the added few inches make it that much harder to reach the substrate. With a canopy, do you think the glass would still be needed to protect the light from splashes?
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Yeah, a canopy would be nice. That'll probably be my end game when I have time to build one. Maybe one with a hinged door on top so the whole thing doesn't need to come off for water changes unless the added few inches make it that much harder to reach the substrate. With a canopy, do you think the glass would still be needed to protect the light from splashes?
Yes; that's how I kept mine...the Aqueon light strip sitting right on the glass tops...
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ArtesiaWells, I don't think Marineland makes a hood with LEDs big enough for a 48" tank.
I believe I would have to get TWO of these:


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Old 03-30-2013, 10:31 AM   #17
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Ok, a couple answers here: First, I am actually babysitting my friends 55 gallon which has a fluorescent setup (2 white and 2 blue), I'm not sure which K the lights are but I MUCH prefer my led. The colors are brighter and the whites are more white. Also, you can use a short hood because it it maybe 2 inches high.

It was easy to mod the light. There is a 3 position switch (off, blue only; or all on) remove the switch and get another 12v power supply from Radio Shack. Wire one to the Blue only and one to the all on. Solder the other to the common ground and plug them into two timers. It's ok if they are both powered up at the same time. I have the blue come on first, the both on, then White off, then all off. Easy!

How is it difficult with the light installed? I have a full glass cover. I slide the light back a couple inches, then open the glass top.
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Hey, you can do both lights. I have a fully planted tank. But like the led shimmer also. I was not about to pay hundreds of dollars on an led system that's capable of growing plants. I stumbled across a lil kit that I really like. Here is the thread I made about it.
LED moon/mood lighting for under 50 bucks! Video!!
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Thanks Jason - that seems easy enough. Did you use the 48" light or the 36" whose feet stretches to 48"?

Phishfriend, thanks. I commented on your thread.
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48" Doublebright. PM me if you have any questions.
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