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Old 01-04-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Looking for aquarium hood. Where to start?

I have a hood i made myself in te heat of the moment about a year ago when i traded my old tank for a 30 gal (it was a 55 leaking for a 30 gal) and it came with a reptile screen hood. So i cut it down and put a shower liner over it and insulation tape over it (except where the light goes) and vualla a makeshift hood.

It has become an eyesore to my tank and i dont know where to start.

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My tank dimensions are 30 by 12 inch

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I would get a hinged glass top such as the Aqueon Versa-Top: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=3790
The 30" top is $16.99. It includes a plastic strip that can be removed or cut to fit for the filters.


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Looking for aquarium hood. Where to start?

Well you can hang the light from the ceiling or from bars.

Or cheapest, You can get a glass top.

I would get a light fixture that goes all the way across the tank. You might want a new bulb anyway. I use full spectrum 6,500K. Don't exceed hood wattage.

If I could afford it I'd have Kessils.

if you get a new fixture you might look at LEDs. They stay cool and work a long long time.


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I went with a versa top from aqueon. Also got a new emperor 400 impeller and a zoomed 50/50 bulb for my t8 fixture. Lighting isn't a huge deal because i have a 30 gallon.


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I went with a versa top from aqueon. Also got a new emperor 400 impeller and a zoomed 50/50 bulb for my t8 fixture. Lighting isn't a huge deal because i have a 30 gallon.


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Cool. I believe the Aqueon plastic strip is difficult to cut. The plastic strip from the MarineLand version of the top is very thin and cuts like butter.
Was the impeller a replacement for an existing one? If so, it is much quieter now? I have an Emperor 280 that is collecting dust at the moment. It was very loud.


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Haha i have many tools that could cut it like butter. And yes it's for a replacement because i got my emperor 400 used for 10 dollars and its made a mechanical noise and its flow is kinda slow and kept the tank water kinda dirty. A new impeller was my first guess. So when that ships in ill write back and let you know.


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My problem with adding the glass top is that part of the trim on top where it is suppose to sit was melted in a spot. You think i could Dremel it out and make it be able to sit in it? Ill take a pic when i see my tank later.


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My problem with adding the glass top is that part of the trim on top where it is suppose to sit was melted in a spot. You think i could Dremel it out and make it be able to sit in it? Ill take a pic when i see my tank later.


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I suppose so. Not sure if it would be easier to remove the trim, do the work and then put it back (goal: less vibration on the glass).
My emperor sounded like a Harley dragging a bunch of rakes down the road. Jk. But it was noisy. I switched to another filter.


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I went with a versa top from aqueon. Also got a new emperor 400 impeller and a zoomed 50/50 bulb for my t8 fixture. Lighting isn't a huge deal because i have a 30 gallon.


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You may want to swap the bulb. 50/50s are for SW tanks. Plants can only use half of that light.

I use Zoomed UltraSun bulbs
http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Trichr.../dp/B0002AQA8E

Actinic lighting isn't useable by FW plants.


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Good catch Coursair! I think I have selective reading.


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