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Old 08-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #11 
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lighting would this light/hood I found on Amazon be sufficient http://www.amazon.com/Perfecto-Reces...+aquarium+hood
This hood will work fine, however, I would remove the plastic or glass partition between the light bulb and water for better light penetration to plants or remove the hood part all together and use 2 of those light strips.

All my tanks are open top and I will cut a yard stick to fit on the inner lip of the tank for the light strips to set on or I will use/buy light strip slightly larger so they will have an overhang.
When you use two it will cover nearly all the top with enough space in the back for cords and/or a filter.

You may need to change the light bulb-I get mine in the lighting dept not the aquarium dept at wal mart, home depot, lowes type store "Daylight" 6500k 20w for a 10gal.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #12 
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All my tanks are open top and I will cut a yard stick to fit on the inner lip of the tank for the light strips to set on or I will use/buy light strip slightly larger so they will have an overhang.
When you use two it will cover nearly all the top with enough space in the back for cords and/or a filter.
Do you ever have a problem with your fish, especially Bettas, jumping out?
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #13 
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OFL do you every have issues with the lights and evaporation? i was using mine with a mesh lid and there was a lot of condensation build up on the light, so I switched to a glass lid.
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I have never had any problems with the Betta jumping out-even in the grow out tanks with 50 or so juvies that go in attack mode anytime you go near the tank-jumping out of the water at you and in my case....the cats that drink out of one of the tanks on the lower level that I only have one light strip on. I think my cats feed them by dropping cat food crumbies in the tank and why the Betta respond to them the same way they respond to me....lol.....Anyway.....when you use 2 light strips it covers the bigger part of the top of the tank...Plus when you have floating plants this helps the Betta feel more secure so they are less apt to jump out.

As far as evaporation.....I have to top off all my tanks weekly due to evaporation using the open tops.
I have never had any condensation issues on anything or caused any problems with my light strips and some of my light strips are well over 10 years old and going strong. You can buy special attachment to prevent any moisture issue on the end caps-but I have never used them...I have had the light strips fall in the water and still working without issues...lol...cats.....gotta love-em.....

I like using the open top method for plants due to better light penetration-
On one that I have to use a hood on-I removed the lid part and the plastic partition where the light sits for the two light strips I have over that 10gal.

You don't have to use 2 light strip-One is plenty 20w on 10gal will give you 2wpg.
On some I may have 2 but only turn 1 on or alternate turning them on. With 2 20w on a 10gal that will give you 4wpg and that is a lot of watts on a tank without injecting CO2-usually this will cause algae problems-but with mature soil based NPT the decomp from plants and other organic create natural CO2 that can help prevent algae.

With planted tanks-its all about balance especially in the soil based tanks
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