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So I got a new tank from a friend that had it sitting in his garage great condition and all. The problem is I can't figure out how many gallons and where to get a hood and lighting system that will work for this tank. Dimensions are 22x22x24 Its a cube shaped tank. Any ideas on gallons and where to get a top for this thing. I'll post pics later tonight also at this height would I be able to get away with t5 if I stick to low light plants or would i have to go metal halide? Also if this tank is to odd of a shape am I better off dumping it and buying a new one?
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Looks like you've got around 50 gallons.

Glass tops are fairly available on the interwebs so just search all the prominent aquarium suppliers.

I've seen some awesome aquascapes in cubes so I'd say go for, especially if you came by the tank cheap. I'd think if you tried to simulate a large mountain-like terrain surrounded by a valley on all four sides would look pretty neat.
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Awesome yes I was going to have it in a corner at an angle so you could view from 3 sides fairly well and have my center piece either be a rock formation or a larger piece of drift wood. I just did a search for a 50 gallon cube or square tank and came up with absolutely nothing I cant even find a company that sells square tanks is this something that has gone out of style?
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22 * 22 * (24 (in^3)) = 50.2857143 US gallons.

With regards to cube tank popularity, they are really popular in smaller sizes, such as the cube gardens that ADA and various other places sell.

On hoods: For the hood, you could simply make a cover out of acrylic, plexi, lexan, or even glass. 2ftx2ft is a very common size for plastic sheets to be sold in. Make cutouts in the top where you need to have space for filter inflow and outflow, as well as any other equipment you may have in the tank, and you're done. A hood or cover is not really necessary, it just depends on the type of fish you'd like to keep. Personally, I prefer having an open top, but that is just my opinion of couse.

On lighting: You may want to go with 2 different 24" fixtures. Since your tank is quite wide from front to back, having the lights staggered on top of the aquarium with a gap of several inches in between each fixture would help assure that light gets distribuited through the entire tank. I'm a noobie myself though, so I could be wrong on this.
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Ok I currently have one 24" t5 fixture two bulbs plan on getting another one. I would love to find a wood top for this tank so I can mount the fixtures in the top. Also if I cant find a wood top wouldn't the acrylic have issues with the heat from the light fixtures laying on top of it?
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I would use at least 3/8" plex and keep the light a few inches above the plex.
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Ok I currently have one 24" t5 fixture two bulbs plan on getting another one. I would love to find a wood top for this tank so I can mount the fixtures in the top. Also if I cant find a wood top wouldn't the acrylic have issues with the heat from the light fixtures laying on top of it?
I would not think this would be the case. Many lighting fixtures used in aquariums have acrylic splashguards to keep any water from entering the light fixture itself. I've used PMMA (acrylic) for making encasements for motors on my high school robotics team, and those motors were significantly hotter than the heat output from typical aquarium lights. It does not melt until 160 C (320 F), so I would not have any worry about problems with structural integrity or warping.

Like Airphotog said, if the light is a couple of inches away from the cover, I see no reason at all to worry.
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Any ideas on light systems that would mount on the tank so I can go with out the glass top interior rim to rim is 22" exterior rim is 23 3/4". I don't think I want to metal Halide probably stick with a t5 system but open to suggestions.
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I have heard good things about the Coralife you posted. I don't know much about any of the others.
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