Not bad. I may go that route for the rack I am going to be setting up in the spring. I don't like how flimsy the regular glass tops are, especially when there is a cat sitting on it.
If your par values go down a bit, you can paint the inside of your hood white. That will help with the light.
Hey even better than that.... drumm rollllllll
Individual polished aluminum reflectors!!
Haha I just made those from some flashing I got at work for $3.00. It is visibly brighter so I'm glad! Do you think 2 28 watt bulbs is overkill? I'm already getting some algae on my anubias leaves...
thanks al, your comments are very encouraging
i am flattered to even think you would model your plant selection on mine... i'm sure there are plenty fellow hobbyists out there who have the same plants and grow them a heck of a lot better! lol but thank you.
its funny you mention the dwarf lily. i have two bulbs and i was thinking about replacing one with a type of leafy crypt. pm me when you're ready i might be able to ROAK it over to you with some clippings on my next trim
ya i'm totally sad about my rainbow... he was growing into a formidable alpha male fish, brilliant sheen and blood red streaks.. oh miss him so
i am getting a cover made, perhaps thick acrylic instead of glass. whatevera cheaper. its only 12" deep so i think a hinge won't be necessary. definitely a finger grab in the detail.. you must be studying engineering ur very detail oriented! :P
i'll post pics once i decide and have it made
i like open tanks just as a preference, i'm sure we can spend an entire thread on its pros and cons alone
keep up the great work on the tank man... cheers!
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My comments are completely deserved! I really think you have a good eye for placement.
Wow, I would really appreciate getting a free lily from you! Especially since your plant is the one that made me like lillies haha
Another option you could consider for covering your tank is one of my favorites. If you aren't trying to reduce evaporation that you can make a screen that fits perfectly! Go back in the building supply section of Lowe's or Home Depot and take a look in the window screen section. You need enough length of frame to match the perimeter length of your tank, a minimun of four corner brackets to create nice solid corners, a small amount of screen material to cover the surface area, some of the rubber lining that keeps the screen in, and optionally a screen tool to push the lining into the frame. This would probably run a little over twenty bucks (same as other options) and you could make it yourself!
If you already have an old window screen laying around than you already have everything you need to make one for free. With more corner brackets you can create right angles around your filtration equipment for a very finished look. I spray my completed screen tops with any black spray enamel just to give them a finished look.
This will keep your fish in and maintain the air exchange!
Oh and btw, I go to an engineering school, was almost a mechanical engineering major, but decided to become a music education major so I could study saxophone performance.
Thanks for looking!