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Safe to not have glass under lights with setup?

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Safe to not have glass under lights with setup?
Old 10-28-2012, 07:22 PM   #1
 
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Safe to not have glass under lights with setup?

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

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
 
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.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
 
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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.

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Old 10-29-2012, 12:32 PM   #4
 
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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.
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