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Old 03-20-2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hood advice for new 55 Gallon?

Hey guys, I just managed to get a 55 Gallon aquarium...for free But sadly it is hoodless .

Now this 55 is going to be set up as a heavily planted Amazon style tank, so I will need lighting which packs a bit of punch.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a cheapish hood, which will give me enough lighting potential? It is still going to be a few months before I can set up so ordering online etc. is definetly an option.

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:05 AM   #2
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You could check if they have any on eBay.
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Old 03-21-2005, 01:13 AM   #3
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Glass tops are the only way to go. Plenty of light can penetrate through the tops for the plants and it's much more cleaner and classier looking and very easy to deal with. Retail is like $25 a piece. I can't remember what we sell them for, but I have glass tops on every tank in my house ! Let me know if you're interested and I'll see what I can do at the shop...
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:22 AM   #4
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I think I've recommended this to you before, but if you have access to wood/woodshop/woodworking tools, build your own canopy. Check this link out, if you plan on building your own canopy. http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_list.php
You can then head over to www.ahsupply.com and order two of their 96 watt bright kits which would give you almost 3.5 wpg. Perfect and bright lighting to grow almost anything you'd want. Then all you'd need would be a glass versatop.
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:08 AM   #5
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Thanks very much for the advice guys! I really like the ahsupply kits, but unfortunetly my wood working skills are sadly lacking. I will probably nip over and have a look at those glass hoods 1tankneverenuff, I cannot imagine it would be difficult to set those light kits up on it....

Mind you it is not going to be as cheap as I had hoped, its $114.99 for two 96 Watt kits, probably about the same again for bulbs, $25 for the hood...$250! Eeep!

Probably just won't mention that to the wife...

Oh and 1tankneverenuff you said you were going to be getting more stock in soon, or something to that effect. Do you know when that is? I would like to come when I can get a good eyeful of everything. I am not allowed to visit too many fish places at the weekend you see...The joys of marriage, so I would like to make my trip when you are stocked up. Cheers!
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:15 AM   #6
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Actually if I was using that kit could I use bulbs from Lowes or something? I know people do just not sure if they have enough of the light spectrum to be viable for a planted tank.
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:10 AM   #7
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Do you mean power compact bulbs from lowes or NO floruescent bulbs? I haven't been to a Lowes for a long time, so I can't answer your question, but if you are talking about pc bulbs, and Lowes sells them, then yes. Just make sure you get them for the correct watt, and anything from the 5000 to 10k temp range is acceptable. Most people favor either the 6500 or the 9750 bulbs.
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Oh, btw the bulbs at ahsupply are 32.99 so you'd need 2x of them. which would be 66.00 + the 115.00 for the kit + 25 for the hood, you're looking at around 200.00 for the setup, which I think is cheap lighting for a 3.5 wpg 55 gallon tank, IMO
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Oh good point Stewie, for some reason I was thinking I needed four bulbs....Hmmm. Well that makes me feel quite a bit better
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The only way you'd need 4 bulbs is if you were planning on frying your tank! lol 92x 4 = ~ 7 wpg. You'd need a massive co2 producer, mass doser for ferts lol. I think the 2x92 watt would be just perfect for your setup. You could even run then at seperate times. Say 1 x 92 watts for the full 12 hrs a day, and the other 92 watt comes into play for ~ 10 hours of those 12. Just an idea. Sort of like a morning/daylight/evening simulation where the last 92 watt bulb comes on an hour after the frist one, and goes out an hour before the frist one. Its something to experiment with.
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Might be an idea, it is only an extra 5 dollars to buy 2 seperate kits. Hmmm. I was not actually suggesting using four I was just being befuddled btw. I suppose I might want to invest in a C02 reactor at that I suppose......
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