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This is my dilemma I have a 95g corner pent acrylic aquarium from clarity plus. The current lighting is 1 36" 2 x 96w PC fixture and 1 30" 2 x 65w PC fixture. I don't like how the lights don't illuminate the tank fully, block the access to the tank and don't allow me to use the canopy. I'm thinking that a T-5 retro may be the way to go but I need lot's of help on the best way to utilize the canopy with maximum light coverage. The tank has softies and a few LPS no plans for SPS
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tims said:
a pendant MH would do nicly
Tim is it ok to use MH on the enclosed top? I'm also afraid that a pendant with out the canopy will spill to much light into the room?
 

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i have 2 250 w metal halides in my canopy (retrofit) and i also have 2 computer fans in there and my temp doesnt rise more then a degree or 2.
 

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I'm afraid of the acrylic on top warping Most tanks I see with MH have the more open Euro bracing I think it' s called
 

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I'm afraid of the acrylic on top warping Most tanks I see with MH have the more open Euro bracing I think it' s called
Really I guess mine will melt any day now then:lol:
Kelli you are worrying over nothing my tank is not euro braced and i have 2 x 250 Mh s in it and 4 vhos.:thumbup:
 

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yeah that is true, but if you have fans they wont nearly get hot enough to melt acrylic, or atlease mine hasnt gotten that hot, i can keep my hand directly under them with the fans on and i dont feel anything more then "warmth"
 

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Thats Cool to know the little cover for the top warped with the PC's so I figured MH would be bad The canopy is only 6 1/2" deep if that makes a difference and I would really like to use it since I paid for it :) Adding fans and vents are in the plan for the light upgrade.
Will MH be to strong for my softies?
 

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you might have to move the softies further down in the tank, but you will get amazing growth with halides compared to pc's
 

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Really I guess mine will melt any day now then:lol:
Kelli you are worrying over nothing my tank is not euro braced and i have 2 x 250 Mh s in it and 4 vhos.:thumbup:
Hmmm Maybe if I saw more FTS I would have noticed that :)
 

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I agree on the best way to get what You are looking for and the easier is go with MH's also. You could go with 2 HOI bulbs and actinics if You wanted to Kelli as far as melting I don't think You need to worry, Just don't lay them on the acylic. , and use fans to help, So many options You have with MH's
 

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Ok I'm really showing my ignorance here :) what is a HQI bulb? and what wattage of MH ? The tank is 51" at it's widest point and 24" deep
 

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dobejazz said:
Hmmm Maybe if I saw more FTS I would have noticed that :)
na you still cant see my lights unless I open the hood miss smarty pants.:D your starting to sound like Robert oh brother:doh:
 
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