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post #71 of 125 Old 09-16-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well it would fit in that space. It would be close to the water so I'll have to make sure that's OK. And the hood is not vented to well. I guess I would be ok taking my dremel To the hood. As it it looks nice and it will be easier than building something from scratch.

I think im getting some good ideas. I'll take some pics and post my ideas later.

The tank may not be started untill November. I just really want to do SW as I already have a 29 freshwater and I don't wanna have two similar size FW tanks at the same time. So I may just keep brainstorming for another month or so here if ya don't mind :) then buy everything and once and get started.
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post #72 of 125 Old 09-16-2012, 07:01 PM
If you use the LED's you won't have to worry to much about heat in the hood. They will produce some, but not very much compared to any of the flourescent lights.
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Ok and just one strip will be OK for some corals?
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post #74 of 125 Old 09-16-2012, 09:26 PM
?. The ones that I posted. Don't know if they'll fit in the hood. You'd have to take measurements. Then again, there are a ton out there to choose from.
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?. The ones that I posted. Don't know if they'll fit in the hood. You'd have to take measurements. Then again, there are a ton out there to choose from.
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It would fit. I just wanted to make sure that only one will work for coral. I guess you would not have posted it if it did not.

Here are very rough plans for my hood mods. As you can see, there are compartments for a filter and bio wheel. I wonít need these so I will cut them out. There three orange squares in the first pic are the areas where the hood rests on the tank so If I donít touch those then it will still sit properly.

I will also be able to retain the built in cable management for the lights and power heads.

I have to cut those compartments to allow for clearance for the intake since there is currently only one hole in the back of the hood.

I did not include a pic of the lights, as you can see it in this link that Reefing posted. With a few minor cuts, the above LED strip will fit. Issue is, it looks like you can only hang these lights, so I reached out to the seller to ask if there is a way to mount them.





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post #76 of 125 Old 09-17-2012, 09:28 AM
When you get them, take the backing off and screw them to you lid, then put then put the LED face plate back on. And may I add, this thing is going to be cool once your done!!
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When you get them, take the backing off and screw them to you lid, then put then put the LED face plate back on. And may I add, this thing is going to be cool once your done!!

Thats what I figured I could do. Thanks very much. Could not have got this far without everyones help. Im trying to save as much money as possible to get started ASAP. It may be sooner, or it may be later this year (maybe I can have people buy me items for christmas , or maybe earlier with black friday deals)

About stock. Does this work:

Ocellaris Clownfish
Yellow Watchman Goby (or whatever will pair with a shrimp)
Pistol Shimp (or whatever pairs with my Goby)
Firefish
CUC - Whatever snails and crabs that would work. Hermits preferred if reef safe.
Brittle Starfish

No idea if this is overstocked, understocked, or just right. I know everyone says "pick out what you like" but the truth is I still know very little, and im continuing to research in this downtime, so besides just "correcting" my stock if it is not OK, feel free to make specific suggestions of additions or changes, and ill take the time to look into the fish and see if I like it.
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post #78 of 125 Old 09-17-2012, 02:40 PM
Looks good. But those star fish get rather big.
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I saw that they get big but did not see a "minimum gallon" spec for them. Since there will not be alot of fish I figured the star would be interesting.

Any room for more small fish or Is that pretty stocked? I figured I would add the Clown first.
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post #80 of 125 Old 09-17-2012, 06:43 PM
They are interesting, but if you consider the area they will take up (14") thats slot of space for one critter in a confined space.
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