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Old 05-16-2011, 04:42 PM   #11
 
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Can you please post a photo of it so we can get a better visual?
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:28 PM   #12
 
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:47 PM   #13
 
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What material is that stand made out of? I notice the light lays directly across it, I am concerned about heat/temp and melting of the material...

It also looks like the light is tilted slightly upwards in the front? It may just be the angle of the photo, hard to tell... but the light should sit flat above the tank. If its propped at an angle then light penetration is not going to be directly into the tank over the animals as it would need to be.

Its hard to say from this photo, but this doesn't look like the safest way to set things up. Safety is important and this doesn't look "safe" to me.

Is this an open top tank? There will be salt creep to keep in mind, and a light fixture above the tank with nothing between it and the water can be a fire hazard due to salt creep. There is no way to avoid salt creep completely, so it should be watched for and everything around/near the tank should be wiped off daily. Saltwater is more conductive of electricity than freshwater is, so also keep watch on cords and around outlets for any dripping or salt creep build up. Personally, I would cover this tank with glass cover.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #14
 
ya i have an acrylic top on it and it is very sturdy actually so its good i think its iron idk though we use it in welding class so thats what i had should i just vinyl dip it? would that make it safe for the tank? and its all metal so the heat wont matter
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:53 PM   #15
 
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well

salt,water,and metal dont work well together...iron oxide will cause allsorts of problems so i would recomend water proofing it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:02 PM   #16
 
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Agreed, metal and saltwater together are a no no. The problem with vinyl dipping the metal is as I mentioned earlier, the vinyl will melt if the light sits directly on it. This is the reason why the manufacturers make the light stands/legs and other brackets to mount to the edges of the light fixture where its intended, never sitting directly under the light bulb where the most heat is going to be found.

My suggestion has to be to get a proper sized light fixture with the appropriate mounting equipment.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:24 PM   #17
 
okay i will change it up then i dont just have a ton of money to spend on a new light so do you have a design that you think would work better
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:04 PM   #18
 
oh ya how the h*%$ am i suppose to get the sea urchin out of my tank?????
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:13 PM   #19
 
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hmmm

pencil urchins dont inflict painfull wounds so you can gently take it out if you must but i personaly like the urchins in my tanks they are mostly reef safe they will consume allalgaes including macro and calcerous.as far as the light you could hang it fromthe ceiling or a fixed mount.
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:13 AM   #20
 
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Pencil urchins will eat everything, not one of the reef safe species. As for removing it, just reach in and pick it up, gently, of course. Pencil urchins are one of my favorites. We have used them for educational programs here for many yrs, one of the few that the kids can safely touch and handle. Mostly the kids get a kick out of the feel of the urchin walking across their hand.

As for the lighting suggestions, badxgillen had some good ideas to offer you.

While I understand the frustration, one of the first rules of keeping a marine tank is to understand that its expensive. There is no way to make it cheap and make it work all at the same time. The equipment is expensive, maintenance can be expensive... and, depending on what is being kept and how it is set up, it can also be very time consuming. The smaller the tank the harder it will be to keep stable and healthy.
In situations where people try to make it cheap, most end up spending more money than ever when things start to die. When the tank is full of live rock that averages 8.99/lb, corals that can range in price upwards of $100 each... even "cheap" marine fish are going to run into the $6 - $10 each range, death gets expensive.

In the case of the lighting, fires are expensive too. I am not telling you the things I have, suggesting the things I have just to spend your money. My goal is to see healthy animals and safe hobbyists. I have been working in this industry long enough to know the kind of damage that can happen and how simple of a thing can cause it. Trust me when I say, you really don't want to find out first hand.
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