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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 102, Issue 6


Several years ago I bought a low profile hood with T5 bulbs in it for my 55g tank from Catalina Aquarium.  Mail order, but the shop is in Sacramento, CA.  A few months back, one bulb burned out and I thought, wow, it's been a long time, I probably should replace them all.  Back to Catalina, bought 4 T5's like the original hood came with for $50.  Shipped UPS, taped to a piece of angle iron.

Also, recently, the plastic divider on the top of my tank let go.  I have a glass tank made by All Glass, with plastic frame on top and bottom.  on the top, at the midpoint of the tank, there is a plastic bar than runs from front to back.  It helps hold up the glass top (if I used those) and also helps reinforce the front and rear glass from bowing out.  Anyway, the plastic had cracks in it and a local guy said don't worry about it, but when the plastic did finally let go, it went crack! I heard it from the bedroom.  The front glass was obviously bowed, I expect the back glass was also, but couldn't see as well.  I was definitely worried about the corners leaking and wanted to add back some sort of reinforcement.  My first thought was a threaded steel rod with washers and nuts to hold the ends. However, a friedn suggest flat stock, so I went to the hardware store and bought a 1/8 inch thick, 1 inch wide flat steel bar.  Bent one end into a curve then measured and cut the bar!
  and bent the other end.  The final bar looks like a very tall C with ends curved in.  I placed this over the top of the tank, pushed and pulled on the front and back glass and got the new "clamp" to hold the glass in pretty much the original flat position.  The fix is very simple, hardly noticeable and I think, a good long term solution.  

Anyone else deal with this sort of event?  

John F. Hess
Davis, CA


Message: 1
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:05:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Lief Brittan Youngs <liefy at yahoo_com>
Subject: [APD] LED Lighting
To: "aquatic-plants at actwin_com" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>

While we are on the subject, does anyone know how long the lights last or is there a way to replace the ones that burn out? Or does anyone know a source to buy t-5 bulbs? It seems the major catalogs are converting to selling only LED lighting. I have never used them and have worries.

Lief Youngs BS, REMT,?CNA

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