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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-12-2014, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Table Aquarium

Do you have a table aquarium?

Show us some pictures.

I'm kicking around the idea since I need a new coffee table.

It would have to have a 4 foot square top to be useful. 18-20 deep to get the top up to a comfort level.

How would you light it to keep plants?

Would LED strip lights across the top ruin the top view for you even though the plants are doing well?

Lights can be on during the day and accent lights on separately.

Filter can be kept behind an end table for easy maintenance and hard pipes hidden under a runner. Or just use a fountain filter.

Another scenario is to use a pendant light over an open top aquarium and have a 12" rim around it for food and drinks. Light would have to be raised for game day.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-12-2014, 08:21 AM
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My friend used to have an aquarium table with seahorses but they got rid of it because it was too hard to do maintenance on.
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I would go with a hanging or ceiling mounted led spotlight such as the Ecoxotics 50w cannon, or, perhaps a yard spotlight off eBay. If you get a high powered led with a very tight beam you should have no problems growing at least moderate light plants. Some of the outdoor led spotlights might work and are cheap enough to try. Another option, if you are good at diy, is to build your own. I've seen 50watt and higher leds being sold on ebay and also the heat sinks for them. I sure the guys in the DIY forum could help you out with materials and build. One more option that might work would be to use lights incorporated into the upper rim of the tank below the table top. They would need to be water-proofed and hidden from view from above so that they don't shine in your eyes when you are looking into it. I have seen some water-proof led light strips...I think Marineland has one now...that could be used as a supplemental lighting inside the tank on the rims...but, I doubt any of these water-proof lights are very powerful and would probably only be good for low light applications...however, teamed up with a ceiling spotlight...they might just work. Anyhoo...this is my $.03 worth!

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Do a search for some of the retail table tanks available as that may give you some ideas.
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