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    So I got this 55 gallon tank from a friend. The tank is like 35 years old and has been empty for like 20. Anyway, I've bought and returned like 4 hoods cause they aren't big enough. The inside of my frame is like 46 7/8" and 11.5". I have bought the 24 x 12 hoods and they literally all fall in the water. I got a glass hood today that was literally 11" wide and was labeled as a 24 x 12. also, all of these hoods are 23" long, which leaves a lovely 2" crack in the middle. Is this normal? I finally found a hood that sort of stays put at walmart of all places, but it still has the 2" crack. Is there such a thing as a frame that goes over the tank frame to make the hood holders wider? I'm completely lost.

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    I'm wondering if you souldn't have a hood custom made. A decent carpenter should be able to knock something together. Alternatively, get a condensation cover and suspend some lighting.

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    I built my own wood canopy as I couldn't use a hood (I have cats) - see my aquarium journal. It was easy and you can custom fit it to your tanks needs and size. There are videos on youtube about building one yourself. If you build one (or have it built) be sure to get the glass tops to prevent evaporation.
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    I have no hoods on any of my tanks. As long as you don't have jumpers, like rainbowfish, it should be fine. Depending on what you plan to keep, obviously. Have you filled that tank up and let it sit for a few days? That's a long time for silicone to dry out. It's fill it up outside and give it several days to see if it leaks. Sit it on the cement or on a piece of cardboard so you can see if it leaks.

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    Might have to go the custom route. Was hoping to find at least a frame for the tank. I've had water for two days and no leaks. I'm getting saltwater spray in the air from my powerhead so i need something.

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    You should not be getting SW spray in the air from a power head. Try pointing the power downward a little more to stop the spraying. You only need water agitation at the water's surface to keep good O2 levels in the water. I would try that first before spending any money on a custom hood

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    Maybe spray isn't the right term. The bubbles from the power head are creating a fine might right above the water surface, its enough to soak the current hood. I adjusted so its pointing down now. Less mist but still present.
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    Try placing the powerhead a little lower in the tank and remove the airline.
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    Yeah, i just read someplace else that the airline isn't needed and you actually push more water with it out. I was assuming that the rock and stuff needed the extra oxygen that the airline brought into the tank. But I'm glad it doesn't because my tank is much quieter now and I can use a full length LED strip over the tank for light without it getting soaked. I'm going to forgoe the cover for now so long as my cats don't try to jump in. I'm guessing once is all it would take and they would stay away from it, but I'd rather not see it happen.

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    If worse comes to worse and the cats become a pest to the tank, you could cut a piece of egg crate to fit the top........perhaps?

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