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Re: [APD] AH Supply Enclosures

The plan I followed before for a 30" tank, did have a hinged cover, looks 
very similar to the one on George booth's site, as mine also fits over the 
tank, and uses those recessed wood strips to brace over the tank. I don't 
mind the wiring and electrical work, but carpentry is not one of my finer 
points. In any case, I didn't use a glass cover over the tank, I made a full 
canopy with no glass between the water and hood. I'm guessing the enclosure 
that AH Supply sells is made to rest on glass, thus the small measurement 
differences from tank to tank wouldn't be a problem. I was hoping to get 
some input from people who might have purchased these--they do look nice, 
and would eliminate the woodwork but sounds like it won't work.

Thanks for your input :-)


> Message: 7
> Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 06:11:41 -0800 (PST)
> From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
> Subject: Re: [APD] AH Supply Enclosures
> To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
> I don't know the price measurements of the Perfecto and the
> AHS box and can't help you there.  But I'll offer a few
> other comments, fwiw.
> The AHS hoods are very nice and the price is very
> reasonable. It's a fast way to get up and running. The
> ventilation is very good and can obviate any need for fans
> in many situations. If Kim says they fit a certain way, I'd
> believe him. He's honest, knowledgable, and stands behind
> his products.
> Depending on how your tank is set up, you can sometimes
> just slide the hood back when you want to open up the glass
> cover.
> If you don't have room to slide back or you have too much
> stuff on the rear lip of the tank to make that feasible,
> they you might consider making to boxes that are narrower
> front-to-back and hinging them together in pairs along
> their length. Then you can lift the front box up and rest
> it on the back box when you want to get into the tank. You
> can use plain box hinges or use some nice brass piano
> hinges for a very spiffy look. A big advantage of this
> design is that you can have lights still shining down inthe
> the tank while the front glass is open. This is my
> personally favored method of using light hoods.  Where
> wires need to pass between the front and rear boxes, this
> can be done by having holes or slots available for this
> purpose, using flexible cable, and wrapping the cable with
> plastic spiral wire-wrap to prevent abrasion of the cable
> insulation.
> George and Karla Booth have some plain text drawings re the
> basic design of this type of hood on their excellent
> website:
> http://aquaticconcepts.thekrib.com/
>>From the home page select "Lighting" then select
> "Do-It-Yourself Hood". Adjust measurements to your needs.
> Some folks make makeshift struts to prop the hood partially
> upright -- like the hood on a car. This is a workable
> solution if you can avoid knocking down the strut while
> working in the tank ;-)
> If you are running a single row of lights, then another
> alternative is to make the boxes with a slanted front
> panel, just like the shape of the plastic hoods that
> Perfecto makes. These are slightly more difficult to make
> but allow one to open the glass cover and lay it back
> against the box so that it stays open on its own.
> Another method, if using a single row of lights, is to buy
> a plastic hood, gut the works and retro with AHS. This is
> very fast and easy.
> Good luck, good fun,
> --- S K <syl2005 at verizon_net> wrote:
>> Hi y'all,
>> I'm considering getting the wooden enclosure for a 48"
>> tank from AH Supply.
>> I was going to build one, but the price on these is
>> great, and they look
>> good. So what I'm trying to figure out, without too much
>> error, is how it
>> fits on the 55 gallon tank. Perfecto and All Glass vary
>> slightly, for
>> example, on the dimensions. I know that the tops/hoods
>> are not
>> interchangeable on each.  I called AH Supply today, and
>> Kim told me that it
>> fits around, over top, not on the inside lip. . . .
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