I was thinking of the length of the legs for the purpose of heat dissipation so as not to crack or melt any lids.
I do think the plexiglass diffuser would be flimsy, but I wouldn't rest the light on it, but rather on the tank sides. Another question would be whether the diffuser would have a negative impact on light penetration into the water, which may be the bigger problem.
So what about thin lexan? I can get some of that and cut it into lids. I have the marineland lids shown here http://www.marineland.com/sites/marineland/products/Detail.aspx?id=3944
and they are great for general lighting as long as it doesn't need to be too bright, but they don't help the plants grow. They flip up on hinges that rest at the back of the tank, so they allow really good access too. But I figure if I lift them up, and set a t5 fixture on the tank, then I might want a lid to keep splashes out, and fish in, while I do that.
I really prefer something lightweight. Removing glass lids is tedious.
You mean the height of the legs? As long as its 2"+ I think youll be alright. Since adding the legs back to my fixture the glass tops dont even get warm.
About the hood, why would you still have it on your tank if youre just going to flip it backwards and have the T5 light on your tank instead? I would just use some glass tops or lexan / plexi-glass as tops and sit my light on the sides of my tank like you said.
vann59 wrote:If you had known how addictive these fish can be, you wouldn't have just gone halfway, right? Me too.
What kind of pea is that in your avatar? Is it green on the body, or is it just the photo?
I had my first cichlid tank was back in 2001. I had a friend that worked at Petco and he hooked me up with everything, even the cichlids. I dont remember what cichlids I had but I know 1 was a yellow lab. I had that tank for almost a year before I got rid of it. I was young and always on the go so I was never home to really appreciate the tank. If it wasnt for my daughter asking for a fish tank last Christmas I wouldnt even have a tank. Now that I've had it up and running since Dec. 2011, shes lost interest and Im all into it! But yeah if I knew what I knew now, Id go all out.
About the fish in my avatar picture hes a Makonde Yellow Blackfin hap, the alpha male of the tank. He looks green / yellow depending on how the light hits his body but hes more yellow than green, its just not a vibrant yellow like my yellow lab or benga yellow.
CrazyCichlid wrote:Excellent collection.
Thanks for sharing.
What is the hap on your avatar?
The hap is a Makonde Yellow Blackfin.
My birthday is this coming week so I treated myself to an early present tonight, I bought 9 more peacock & hap males to put in the 125g.
Some hybrid; it looks similar to my bicolor
That puts me at 21 fish total, so Im good for now. I have them set to be shipped overnight on Thursday so theyll be delivered on Friday. Im going to quarantine them for 2 weeks and I'll be using a extra Eheim 2217 that I have with some established media from my 2 FX5s but my main concern is the tank size I need to buy. I know what yall are probably going to say, go big and just set up another tank afterwards but honestly I dont have the room, so with that said.....Theyre all under 3", Im going to try and find a 40g BUT IF I CANT will they be ok in a 20g for 2 weeks???
EDIT: Dont think I'll have enough room to raise the quarantine tank in my stand so I'll use an extra AC110 that I have instead of the 2217.