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post #1 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Need another hood

I have a 20g tall Top Fin tank. I also have a lot of floating plants. The problem is the hood design, it directs light downward for the middle 1/3 of the tank while the front and rear 1/3 get next to nothing. I need something that gives light across the total surface area. I'm on a tight budget so I'm looking for a way to fix this cheaply. A new hood? A double fixture hood? A homemade hood? Any ideas?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 12:01 PM
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Well you can get a glass canopy and then put the light on it anyway over the canopy. Unfortunately through unless you get a dual bulb light fixture or two fixtures there is aways going some part of the tank that gets more light and other parts that get less.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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[QUOTE=Boredomb;2807282]Well you can get a glass canopy and then put the light on it anyway over the canopy. Unfortunately through unless you get a dual bulb light fixture or two fixtures there is aways going some part of the tank that gets more light and other parts that get less.[/QUOTE } Good idea, I assume I can get a glass canopy online or at a petstore?

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 12:57 PM
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I have a glass lid that my fixture sits on, and what I did was put two cups underneath the light to lift it a few inches. It disperses the light a lot better across the top, and keeps my floating plants from burning.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 01:16 PM
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Yes you can get the glass canopy/glass lid at most Pet stores or online.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 01:29 PM
this is what i have on one side of my 55 and then just a big piece on the other side i got cut at a hardware store AqueonŽ Versa-Top™ Hinged Glass Top - Lighting & Hoods - Fish - PetSmart
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 01:33 PM
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I have the same hood (different size. LoL) as rexpepper is talking about in the link.

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 01:45 PM
cheap and works great! if they brake you can take em apart and get the glass cut at the hardware store for even cheaper!!
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I have a glass lid that my fixture sits on, and what I did was put two cups underneath the light to lift it a few inches. It disperses the light a lot better across the top, and keeps my floating plants from burning.
Great info, solves two problems.

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