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Old 07-09-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Hi everyone I'm thinking about taking off the lid on my 34 gal Red Sea Max and hanging a led fixture with maybe a glass top what do u guys think, any comments and concerns are appreciated
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Also the stock hood has the factory 2x 55w power compacts but they really heat up my water and I could also sell my chiller cuz the LEDs run alot cooler
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I am thinking about doing the same thing on my aquaeuro USA 34 gallons. I'll be interested in any comments too. Thanks.
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you don't really need a glass top on your tank unless you have jumpers, even then i'd still say get a window screen and put it over. you want gas exchange so leaving the surface open to the air is benificial at keeping the PH consistant and the temps consistant
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I used Fiberglas window screen, but thought it cut the light too much. Used a light meter and even the sheerest screen dropped the light considerably. I bought window screen frames and sheer pantyhose (no jokes please) and stretched that into the frame. Little light loss. But the nylon will only last a while, then needs replacing. Very cheap as a pair of large size panty hose can make a lot of screens. Good for lights that don't put out much heat, hot light will melt the nylon.
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people use egg crates, and its said to increase the PAR, as it acts liek a parabolic lense that directs light straight down rather then lets it spead out
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people use egg crates, and its said to increase the PAR, as it acts liek a parabolic lense that directs light straight down rather then lets it spead out
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I plan on doing this for my tank. Currently I have some stock glass hoods over it.
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