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GwenInNM 10-28-2012 07:22 PM

Safe to not have glass under lights with setup?
 
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Here's a pic of my tank. Has 4 T-12 bulbs, 2 "blue" 2 white. I got the tank used and it didn't have glass as a top. I bought some glass (I have to cut), but I'm thinking about returning it. The bulbs all have caps and ends that screw on the lights so water couldn't get in the light. Also, the water is at least 10" below the lights.

Just want to make sure what others think, because I don't want a fire:shock:

Gwen

Reefing Madness 10-28-2012 09:08 PM

No need for the glass. I use Metal Halides and they are only like 6-8" above the water. You also have the water proof end caps on them, your ok.

1077 10-29-2012 09:02 AM

Would move light's away from over the tank,or turn filter's off while doing maint or lowering water level.
Have had work shop bulbs explode when cool water hit them, (just sayin).
T5 orMetal Halide bulb's get fairly warm, and water splashing onto them while over the tank could result in you fishing glass out of the tank.

GwenInNM 10-29-2012 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 1290685)
Would move light's away from over the tank,or turn filter's off while doing maint or lowering water level.
Have had work shop bulbs explode when cool water hit them, (just sayin).
T5 orMetal Halide bulb's get fairly warm, and water splashing onto them while over the tank could result in you fishing glass out of the tank.

Good point. Thanks for telling me that. They do get rather warm. :-D


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