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Improving Lighting economically #1
Hi Gang

I have a lighting hood in built whic holds 1 38w actinic an 1 38w white T5, I have 4ft of moon LEDs and I feel my light level is a littl low (55gal/250litre tank with approx 5ft2 surface area)

I believe the optimum is 110-120w T5 (not sure what the equivalent is for Halides..but to be honest didn't want to venture into halides)

My tank top is split into 3 parts (rear flap, lighting panel and front feeding flap/panel). The rear panel is angled at about 45degrees as the skimmer pump/pipes vibrates otherwise. I dd drill holes but it still makes a horrendus noise...looks ok angled.

I hope to improve the lighting level without abandoning my existing hood and maybe take advantage of the rear flap being angled.

I have considered getting a 'hang on' type lamp fitting either shining into the flap 'void' or over the rear of te tank through the glass say around 2-3inches below the water line.

My question(s) is(are).....

Is it ok to shine through the rear glass..any cons? or try and get a clip on shining through the rear slot?

and if so or not...any suggestions?

cheers

I have looked on ebay and there seems to be a variety of clip ons but not sure tis will work with my tank.
I have also considered adding a T5 tube on the wall behind the tank (say mid height) to shine 'through' the tank from the rear?
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Re: Improving Lighting economically #2
ok... no one have any opinions?
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Re: Improving Lighting economically #3
post a pic of your current setup please!
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Re: Improving Lighting economically #4
Dont shine light through the back of tank as this will make the fish disoriented as sunlight is always above.

Hope this helps spheon
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Re: Improving Lighting economically #5
sorry for not responding and thanking..been away a while

I have a fully enclosed hood that came with my tank, the rear flap is left up to allow the skimmer pipes etc into the tank...doesnt look too bad.

I was considering shining something say 45degrees into the tank from the rear of the tank...?

my tank....doesn't look as 'dead' as that now

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/myalbum0/photo.php?lid=3831
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