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are 2x24 watt t-5 bulbs enough for softies or will i notice a difference if i add 2 more? an also my fixture manual says its not made for open top tanks..if i use the clamps couldn't i just take out the glass top to my tank and be ok?
 

· spaceman spiff
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I always recommend removing the glass from a reef tank... too much light can be lost trying to transmit through through it. Regarding the amount of light, 2 bulbs with individual reflectors is probably fine to start off with softies, but more would be better. If you do not have individual bulb reflectors, I'd say a mere 2 bulbs is likely inadequate.
 

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I think most fixtures say not to use w/o a top. I think its more of a liability issue than anything else. Does it have an acrylic UV cover? If not does it have rubber boots over the connectors?
 

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the lights that say that if u do it anyways my thoughts are if something goes wrong with moisture they will tell u your warrenty is void due to no tops on the tank. I know alot of people run there tanks with no tops weather the lights said it was okay or not. Also my 26 has t5 14w *1 10k and 1 03 blue* single reflector and ive kept candy cane, start polyps and mushrooms the mushrooms are reproduceing but the others i have to keep up high. if i d had known better i wouldnt have gotten those. Its more what do u wanna keep in the tank, do u want to just keep it alive or reproduce.
 

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ill ask lfs i got them at what they think...i am for either keeping them alive or reproducing..my hairy shrooms have nearly doubled in a month and half so my lighting cant be to bad..i just like look of open top tank
 

· Perfeshunal Hikk
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Run it open top for a week, see how much moisture, if any, condenses on the fixture. If you have condensation issues, you know to run it with a top. If you don't, then you can leave it open top. Is there a slot in the light fixture that runs the length that looks like you might be able to put a lens/cover on the fixture itself instead of over the tank?
 
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