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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #308

On Sat, 6 Jun 1998, Cliff Lundberg wrote:

> I'm building a hood for a 55 gallon tank. 48" tubes are just
> a little too long. Would staggered 36" tubes be the only
> reasonable solution?

Standard 48" tubes should fit just fine.  The tube itself is actually 47
1/4 inches and the pins add 1/4 inch (or so) on each end.  A 55 (or at
least my 55) is 48 1/4 inches long.  My DIY hood (design available on the
Krib) is 48 3/4 inches long outside and about 48 1/4 inside.  The
commercial striplight I took off my tank is 48 1/2 inches long outside and
48 1/4 inches inside.  Exactly how long yours will need to be depends
partly on your end connectors. 

Roger MIller