DIY light fixtures and filters and splashing
I was considering a diy light fixture like the one listed at AH supply (I would also do the custom wooden hood they show) but it occurs to me that maybe it won't work with my filter. I have a bio-wheel powered filter that hangs on the back of my tank. It really doesn't have a flow control on it so water spits out at a good rate. To keep the sound down I have to keep the water level up high. This causes a good deal of agitation at the surface around the middle of the tank (29g).
With my current 29g kit this isn't too bad since the platic hood blocks the splashing and my 20w light sits on top of the plastic. Looking forward I saw the potential for a big problem if I switched to the diy hood. I assume you're supposed to have some plexy or glass sitting on the tank and the light is on the plexy/glass. But even then it seems like the splash will get the wooden light fixture, or at least it could.
Am I correct in assuming that most people who have diy lights also use a cannister filter to avoid splash? Is it almost required?
Last edited by pretzelb; 11-24-2005 at 03:01 PM.