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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 PM   #21
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I know that the bulbs that come with the light fixture aren't good enough for the tank, but I feel like it would be such a waste to just change them when you just get them.
I be more concerned about electrocution considering that fixture is not designed to hang over water.
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Don't all lights have the risk of electrocution?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:49 PM   #23
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Don't all lights have the risk of electrocution?
Aquarium lighting is sealed from splash and salt creep. If you splashed those lights, pop..... And saltcreep will corrode the fixture and cause shorts, leaching etc. lights build for aquariums are coated with a non-corrosive material.
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Oh okay. The more I read te advice given, the less interested I am in buying the lights from home depot.
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I be more concerned about electrocution considering that fixture is not designed to hang over water.
Any thing with a plug will cause electrocution

even a aquarium light comes with risk
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:47 AM   #26
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Any thing with a plug will cause electrocution

even a aquarium light comes with risk
Of course but there are safety standards for a reason.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:02 AM   #27
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Oh okay. The more I read te advice given, the less interested I am in buying the lights from home depot.
If there is one thing ive learned from this hobby over the years its that equipment fails. You can take the best care of it but if its made of junk then one day thats what it will be.

An equipment failure on a tank could cost you thousands in losses, all from trying to save possibly a measly 25$ or so. This is just an example but it does happen. I always spend the most money on equipment that cannot afford to fail. Usually this means higher quality, better parts, function an reliability.

Peace of mind will keep you from pulling your hair out later.
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Yeah that's true. It's just hard to get these equipment when your a high school student. I can't spend 100+ on objects.
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Not to be rude, but if that is the case, then you may want to reconsider if the saltwater side of things is really for you. Even on a small saltwater tank, once you start getting into corals and nems, setting up and maintaining a saltwater tank in a manner truly condusive to supporting the life we keep quickly moves into the cost into $1000s, rather than $100s of dollars. If you're still interested in a saltwater tank you may want to consider a nano rather than a larger tank. Just some food for thought.
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Yeah that's true, ATM I have a fish only tank 55gal. I might just keep it that way to save money. I'm not big on sps corals. I'm more about the anemone for my clowns. But that could wait for the future.
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