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Old 09-03-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
 
Tank Help!

So I bought a 20 gallon long tank the other day. I also got Marineland led light hood with it, which I thought was going to be awesome, but I'm not too thrilled with how flimsy it is, and that the light does not reach the full size of the tank. I do like that the light seems to be bright, and that it has the night time blue led option.

Anyway the problem is this. I found a 36 gallon bow front aquarium that I am inlove with. I want this one so I can hold more fish and I like having the height as well as length. Question is I do not think the light it comes with it good enough. And the problem is I have no clue how to replace it. I do not know what I am looking for, and I don't want to spend over $150 on lights, which is what I have been reading so far.

I could just get the 36g and keep the lighting but I guess I didn't want to spend alot more money if it was not going to be as good of quality. I would probably have to buy a new filter as well.
Here is a link to the one I want to buy.
Aqueon 36 Gallon Deluxe Bow Front Aquarium Kit - Aquariums - Fish - PetSmart

Anyways, what are your thoughts and ideas on what I have mentioned? Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:15 PM   #2
 
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One thing you could do is just look for a 29 or 37 gallon tank..it will use the same hood you already have for your 20 g long but give you more depth.

If you are set on the bowfront I can't really help you as I've never owned a bowfront. :(
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:47 PM   #3
 
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Are you wanting to just keep fish in the 36 gallon or are you planning on also doing live plants. The fluorescent strip that comes with the kit should be fine. Depending on how the light looks you can always replace the bulb with a different one. The bulb that came with my 20 gallon tank/hood setup I replaced because it gave a purplish tint which I did not care for. A daylight bulb will give you a more natural looking light. A lot of it comes down to a matter of preference. If you are planning on keeping live plants in the tank then that will have more impact on the type of bulb that you would need for the fixture.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:28 PM   #4
 
Thanks for your post! I am only keeping fish as of now. I do not know if the hood I have allows you to remove the lights, I didnt see a way, but I guess I will have to look more. If not oh well I can always buy something else in the future.
The only problem I have now is where to keep it. I have a bureau thats probably 50" by 17" but I am not sure if it will be able to hold the weight of a 36 gallon tank. I'm too afraid to try in case something happens, but I do not want to spend over $100 on a stand. Any suggestions? I could build my own but I do not know how and I'm afraid I will mess up so it won't be right. Do you think my bureau will hold it?
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:54 PM   #5
 
If it's a sturdy bureau I would see no problem with it.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:58 AM   #6
 
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First for the lights, looking at the link that you provided for the aquarium, it comes with a fluorescent hood. The light strip is actually a seperate piece from the hood that sits on the top of the aquarium. So the tube in the light fixture can be replaced. More than likely the tube in the kit, if it is like what I had gotten with my 20 gallon at petsmart, will give off a purplish hue. Some people like the way it looks, I myself prefer a more natural looking light, a daylight or full spectrum tube will give you a more natural looking light. Also if you do decide to do live plants in the future these are the type of bulbs that you would be looking for.

As for where to place the aquarium, how sturdy is the bureau? Also another thing to think about is how tall it is, if it is tall it will make it more difficult for cleaning. Also will this be able to hold around 400 pounds, which will be about how much the aquarium will weigh filled with water.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:12 AM   #7
 
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First for the lights, looking at the link that you provided for the aquarium, it comes with a fluorescent hood. The light strip is actually a seperate piece from the hood that sits on the top of the aquarium. So the tube in the light fixture can be replaced. More than likely the tube in the kit, if it is like what I had gotten with my 20 gallon at petsmart, will give off a purplish hue. Some people like the way it looks, I myself prefer a more natural looking light, a daylight or full spectrum tube will give you a more natural looking light. Also if you do decide to do live plants in the future these are the type of bulbs that you would be looking for.

As for where to place the aquarium, how sturdy is the bureau? Also another thing to think about is how tall it is, if it is tall it will make it more difficult for cleaning. Also will this be able to hold around 400 pounds, which will be about how much the aquarium will weigh filled with water.
I'm sure I could at least replace the light but when I looked at the hood it didn't look like there was a way to remove anything to bet to the light. And I don't know how much weight the bureau can hold that's what I was worried about but I don't want to risk it. The back doesn't look supported well and my dad just told me earlier that it was presswood but he wasn't sure.
Anyway I decided not to risk it and found a bow front stand that would fit my tank on craigslist for $75. Its a year old but I'm guessing this price is a good deal.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:18 AM   #8
 
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Sounds good on the stand, better to not take an unnessary risk and end up having a mess on your hands later on. As for getting to the light will not be a problem, my 20 gallon is the same brand and the hood looks similar to the one that you looking at getting other than it is not curved. The light fixture itself is a seperate unit from the hood. The light fixture sits on the hood over a piece of clear plastic which allows the light to shine through to the tank.
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