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post #11 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 10:53 AM
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I've seen all kinds of lighting setups used, from desk lamps and pole lamps to four fluorescent tube fixtures. Your glass canopy allows you to position the light wherever you want, so that's good. Try Googling DIY Aquarium lights. You might be able to find something there that doesn't require a major investment.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 10:55 AM
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Can ypu post a picture of your tank, the light and the glass canopy for me, please? :)

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post #13 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Can ypu post a picture of your tank, the light and the glass canopy for me, please? :)
Of course. We were going after a glass canopy modeled similar to this - Marineland Perfecto Glass Canopies | Glass Canopies | Aquarium Stands & Canopies | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

The one we made looks like this:
It's just a metal frame painted black, and 2 pieces of flexi glass that I can slide open to feed them. Along with room in the back for my filter & heater
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 11:34 AM
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Alright, If I were you (and I am not) I would purchase a florescent light unit to go over the top of the tank. There are many choices and currently a few threads on this subject. I recently started one as well to get other views on lights for my tank. Some folks are going to Home Depot or stores like it and getting double strip florescent shop lights. Just make certain that no water can splash up onto the light or that the light can possibly fall down into the tank water. Pet stores have plenty of lighting options for you just keep in mind with plants, the bulbs need to be 6500K This tank would do fine iwth one single bulb light across the whole top. It will be nice for you to view your fish as well. Keep the light on a timer for 8-9 hours a day and see how you do. You can adjust the time if algae presents itself.

Nice job on the tank so far. :)

Check this thread out, it gives you some options http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...upgrade-91043/

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post #15 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 11:52 AM
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The shop lights and daylight tubes are very reasonably priced at The Home Depot. As Inga said, watch out for water contact. Maybe try to keep the tubes about an inch above the plexiglass.
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I've been looking at home depot. Just gotta find one to fit my tank (:

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post #17 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 01:10 PM
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Just make sure you don't overdo the light, or you will have a tank of algae.

On this tank, a single tube T8 will work fine. The tank is 30 inches long, so a tube that is 24 inches will probably be what you can find. A 30-inch tube is possible, if you can get a fixture. Another alternative is an incandescant fixture (screw-in bulbs rather than tubes), with 2 or 3 sockets. The CFL bulbs in 10w (three of them) would work.

Whuiloe shop lights are fine, they tend to be better over standard 4-foot tanks. You may or maynot find them in 30 inches (fixture). My local Petsmart carries fixtures without the complete hood; I've no idea how much they are, but I have seen them. You want T8 (regular fluorescent), not T5, so be careful on this, as many aquarium fixtures are T5.

And I agree on the nutrients/yellow leaf issue. Flourish Comprehensive Supplement liquid will work fine.

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. Thank you everyone for helping me. I really, really appreciate it!

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