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Old 01-16-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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36" hood owners (30 gal), do you have adequate light?

I have a new 30 gallon tank arriving in about a week which is 36" x 12" x 16" high.
But I have noticed that a lot of the 36" hoods on amazon only hold a 24" fluorescent lightbulb (these are the ones that are hood/ cover that also stop a fish jumping out).

I figure the bulb might be strong enough ... but does anyone know if they have dark corners because the light is shorter?
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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I believe that is what I have and there is no problem.. I'll check once I get home and repost
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:18 PM   #3
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Aqua sun zoo med makes a duel t5 hood that holds 2 34" bulbs!!! I have this exact hood and it's great on my 30 gallon.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:26 PM   #4
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hi sabrinarichard and kmny34
would you mind posting cell phone pics? Would love to see how they look
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:41 PM   #5
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hi sabrinarichard and kmny34

would you mind posting cell phone pics? Would love to see how they look

At work now. I will post a pic or 2 when I get home later!
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:13 PM   #6
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Here are some pics of the hood and tank. I'll take more if needed!
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:19 PM   #7
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By the way the lights that you are recommended to get for this hood have a total of 78 watts.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:04 PM   #8
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I'm not sure about 30 gallon tanks, but my 20 gallon long and the 36 gallon bowfront I upgraded to both had shorter length bulbs than the total tank length (24" instead of the full length of 30"). The shorter bulb was fine on the 20 gallon long because it wasn't very tall, but once I swapped to the 36 gallon it was much too dim at the bottom and corners. Once I swapped to a 30" dual T5 fixture the 36 gallon was back to being the right brightness with no dark spots
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