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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Canopy

Hi all! I just ordered the 4x55w bright kit from ahsupply for my 90 gallon tank. It's a standard 25in deep. I am planning on building a canopy for it similar to the one buck describes on his website. My question is how high above the water should the lights be and what type of placement inside the canopy should I use meaning do I kind of center the 4 lights or is it best to put them closer to the back and front. I don't really know but am looking for any advice you can offer. Thanks so much.

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Went with metal halides in their own enclosure for my 90 gallon breeder (also 24" front to back, but not as long; 36") in the canopy as well. I actually booted up the halides and held it over the tank, via the metal mounting plates, to see how the coverage was. In the end, the lights ended up being 16" from the surface of the top of the tank (overall height of the canopy is around 20"), which is a bit on the high side and I would have probably gotten away with something which is 2" shorter.


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