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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-21-2005, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Light Splash Shield

I'm going to make my DIY light from AH Supply.

Here are a few things I'm wondering about:

1. How necessary is it to use a splash shield, would the humidity from 4 inches up make a difference?
2. Does it matter if it's Plexiglas or acrylic?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-21-2005, 04:00 AM
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My acrylic got a little too warm when I was gone for a few days and my brother forgot to turn off the light, and started to sag a little. I am not sure if plexiglass would fare any better, its barely noticeable anyway. If you are using an under water return or you keep your tank reasonably full I wouldn't worry about it. In my case, I use a power filter, I see no need for canisters. I guess I just "haven't seen the light" yet. My point with the power filters though, is that a few drops will err up to the light and might make it on the bulb. As long as the power filter is situated on the side of the aquarium that the end of the bulb faces, a few errant drops won't hurt the bulb. Just make sure the socket is on the opposite side of the filter and any powerheads, though. I haven't shorted a bulb yet, and don't see it happening anytime in my lifetime.
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Plexiglass is not a good for a light sheild. First it's not as clear as acrylic, and will filter out some light. Second, It's actually kind of porous, and high humidity will make it sag.

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