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Old 02-24-2009, 10:49 PM   #1
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I just purchased the coralife aqualight pro metal halide lighting fixture for my tank. I currently use a glass top and I do not have any issues with gas exchange/aeration. However I was wondering if the top will be an issue with the MH and if I should switch to egg crate. I have some jumpers in the tank especailly my snowflake eel. So if it is best to do eggcrate how can I keep this secured down so he doesnt get out.

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Eggcrate isn't heavy, but I think the fish would have to be pretty big to knock it off the top of the tank. What fish are you worried about jumping?
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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My 24 inch snowflake. He is a beast. He has attempted to lift the glass top a couple of times.
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I just purchased the coralife aqualight pro metal halide lighting fixture for my tank. I currently use a glass top and I do not have any issues with gas exchange/aeration. However I was wondering if the top will be an issue with the MH and if I should switch to egg crate. I have some jumpers in the tank especailly my snowflake eel. So if it is best to do eggcrate how can I keep this secured down so he doesnt get out.

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If you're using a glass top already, then the top off shouldn't be much more than you currently do already. Maybe just a little more, unless you don't have a fan helping get rid of some of the heat.
I know that without the glass top, you will need to top off a lot more.
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Beautiful tank by the way.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:31 PM   #6
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Thank you!!! I appreciated your comments and help. I am not worrying about top off as much as I am concerned that the glass top will diffuse alot of the light and I have some jumpers so I dont know if the crate will be heavy enough especially with my big snowflake eel. What do you think?
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I don't think you'll have a problem w/ eggcrate, if you wanted to use it. Like I say, I have glass tops on two tanks, and have no negative effects. Now with light diffusion..... I really can't answer that for sure, I mean obviously the light is passing through something, so that will have somewhat of an impact, but i think it will be minimal IMO.
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Keep in mind that the light also has to pass through several inches of water before it gets to whatever is receiving it, so adding 1/8th" of glass won't impact things that much.
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Thanks for the advice. I think im going to stick with the glass top and see how things work.
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