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Originally Posted by mddittman View Post
I bought two new fixtures last year to replace 15-year wear-outs and chose All Glass. They have electronic ballasts (instant on, and I mean instant). I've been running these for over a year now and I highly recommend them. The tubes that come with them are garbage (purplish), they went straight to recycling; I bought the full spectrum/daylight tubes. These are fixtures only, not hoods. I have glass covers on my tanks, you can buy those from fish stores, the front panels slide back for ease of feeding. They sit down inside the tank frame on plastic rails. If you go this route, make sure the tank is filled before you cut the middle rail, as the frame expands with the pressure of the water.
A note on the water softener; find out how it softens, most use chemicals and salts which can be trouble depending upon what they are.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]