I've been watching my tank closely since I painted the canopy and its doing very, very well. The plants have responded nicely and I can see new growth everywhere. This is the first time I've really been satisfied with the tanks overall "health". Once I get a nicer looking bulb or two in there it will be where I want it.
Now the interesting thing I noticed was how much heat was now being reflected back into the tank. The 135 usually sits at around 80-82 degree's (the loaches love this). Now, the tank will sit pretty steadily at 85-86. This has helped whipe out the Ick that was lingerin around for so long but it will become a problem later this year when it gets warmer.
I'm going to add some vents to the canopy this week to release some of the trapped heat, but I dont think fans will be needed.
Thats a pretty significant jump Marcel , now you can turn the heaters down... :P
I just finished hooking up my lights today and have them test running now. I didnt realize how hot these dang power compacts get ! And those reflectors that AHSupply gives you are quite the light throwers
Now Im really glad i kept them at 8" over water line !