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Aquarium Hoods
June 15, 2008
6:46 pm
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HIGHTOWER
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Hey all...

I've aquired a second hand tank that needs a little TLC... It's bigger than my current tank, but needs a good clean and re-sealing, and a new light unit as the one fitted to the hood is really brittle!

One option is just to replace the lamp unit, but searches have failed...

The next, and possibly better option is to get a new hood, with light unit!

Searched eveywhere, and found loads of hoods, but all of them say "light unit not included" so the search for lights continues!!!! HELP!!!!

I'd like a hood with light! Anyone know where I can get one, and how much I should expect to pay?

It's 30"x12" /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

June 15, 2008
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Hi, I have a 30x12 in need of a hood aswell but haven't started looking yet. All i've done for now is place a heavy duty condy tray on and place double and single starter units beside, looks naff but works lol

Firstly, it depends upon what you're going to have in the tank, mainly fish or a dedicated planted tank with a few fish?
Cheap hoods can vary from about £20ish to upwards to £100 depending on the quality you want. How many tubes do you want in the hood?, T5's or T8's? You also have the option of a overhead luminaire.
Depends what you want /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 15, 2008
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Erm... can anyone tell me what I want? /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

It's a communal tank with a couple of plants...

Don't have a clue what T5 and T8 stands for... I can't fit a volvo in my tank! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

June 15, 2008
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T8 is 1" diameter
T5 is 5/8th's diameter

Since you're keeping fish and a couple of plants then it might be best if you pop to an lfs and ask them what they can get you. Just ask them what price a 30x12 hood is and new starter unit and tube.
It might be even cheaper if you look for a 2nd hand tank setup of the same dimensions as you may get a whole setup for the same money.

June 16, 2008
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It really depends on how much you want to spend. A luminaire would cost upwards of 100 quid, for example. These lights do not require a hood and clip onto the edges of the tank. Superb for growing plants but you run the risk of fish jumping out.

The other most popular option is to buy a separate hood, light starter unit and tube(s). This will set you back in the region of 60 pounds and up depending on which hood you choose. The Clearseal range isn´t bad as they are hinged in two places so you can store the light unit in the back compartment.

If you really want to splash the cash you could go for a hanging metal halide-type lamp. Again no hood but they are great for growing plants and you get quite a realistic "dappled sunlight" effect on the water surface which is cool. Expensive though, these.

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June 16, 2008
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So how do you fit the ligh unit to the hood?

How do I know what's compatible?

June 16, 2008
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The starter units come with light tube clips which can be attached to the inside of the hood.

Ring up your local aquatics retailers and see if they have any of the 30" x 12" hoods in stock. If they do, pay them a visit and ask to see the 24" tubes and starter units. Get them out and you'll see straight away what to do /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 16, 2008
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Well the Clearseal hoods have a hole at each end through which pass the connectors for the light tube. The tube then either sits on the condensation tray or on some hoods can be clipped to the hood itself. I use Hagen Glomat starters as they´re reasonably priced and very reliable in my experience but any standard light unit should be suitable.

In terms of which tube to choose again the choice is yours. I mostly use Sunglo tubes as I like the natural (white/yellow) effect they produce but other tubes can give off more of a blue/pinkish colour depending on the brand and model. Most units and light tubes available are compatible with one another, just check the diameter of the tube and starter unit connectors are the same before you buy. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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