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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-02-2005, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Leg Mount Necessary On A 28w CF Strip?

I have a glass canopy and a Coralife 28w CF lightstrip with legmounts on 10g tank. I would say that the legmounts are about 2-3inches.

I bought the legs just in case the strip got too hot but not sure if the increased height would deterr the lighting.

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You will lose a little bit of light using the legs, but not much. Some folks have had problems with the PCs breaking glass because of the heat, but I can't imagine that one 28W bulb would do it. Usually I hear it from people with 96W bulbs and such. If you're worried, but also don't want to lose any light, just find something to raise it up 1/2 inch or so. I use the little plastic bumpers they sell for electronics to keep them from scratching your shelves up.
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My 65 watt pc broke the glass too ...this happened last week

if i didnt have odd lighting on the 29 gallon ( 65watss and 24 " and 55 Watts and 30" ) I would go with the open top ...

I have my 75 ..open top and it looks great...if you got fixtures with legs ..why not go that route ?

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i have the 130 watt Coralife PC kit, and the bulbs are cool enough to touch. I dont think the leg mounts will do much, The only advantage they have is easy accesability to open the hood. (Unless you are running on 96 watt bulbs)

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I wish there were leg mounts for the mini aqualight
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I don't have a fixture, but I really like the leg mounts that I see. I like the look of open top, for one thing. A slightly higher light source makes light distribution more even in the tank(especially when there is only one row of light), for another. Of course, trade off is a little less light intensity. You can experiment a little to see which way you like better.


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Hmm...does that mean that the glass canopy isn't necessary if I have my lights mounted? Would any Co2 escape if I do that?
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I wouldn't use the canopy, one less thing to block more light. The canopy does little for CO2 loss.


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Sounds good to me, no ill-effect both ways!
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Just don't drop the lights into the tank. And don't be surprised if your fish occasionally make a break for it. I would call those ill effects.

I gotta admit I like the look of open top tanks, but in addition to the above reasons, I'm afraid my cat would really love the look.
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Your fish might jump out without the canopy
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yes, some fish are better jumpers than others. Don't try hachet fish in an open top. You do need to top off evaporated water more often. All Amanos tanks are open tops.


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I'm not aware that Dwarf Puffers or Ottos are jumpers
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I'm not aware that Dwarf Puffers or Ottos are jumpers
It will be fine then.


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