New "Oscar Safe" lighting suggestions

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In the last 2 years I have probably spent over $500 on lighting set-ups for my tank. I would do all this research to find the perfect light but would only be able to enjoy it for a few months due to my two large fish and their Shamu impressions. My Oscar has always been a reflection fighter. He will smash his mouth and fight his reflection, usually at night when the lights are off in my fish room and he sees his reflection best. Sometimes he gets really into it and creates quite a wave pool. Now my knifefish (not to be outdown by my Oscar) will from time to time aggressively smack the surface of the water either to gulp air or to grab food and splash a wave of water out of the tank as well. All this splashing has completely ruined all light fixtures I have installed. Many of the LEDS I have purchased say they have water resistant barriers but its never enough to handle the moisture and smashing from my fish. I must also mention my tank does have a large wooden lid (not risking one of them jumping out one day). The lights have been elevated almost 8 inches from the water but are not attached to the hood. the hood is about 10 inches off water.

So what are some light suggestions you all have for my splashy situation?

Within the next two years I will be building a pond for these large fish but in the meantime I'm looking for a suitable , somehwater affordable, alterantive.
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OFL replied the topic: New "Oscar Safe" lighting suggestions

My tanks have always had a glass condensation cover in between the water and the lid, my lights have never just dangled over the top of the water. Really, that's the only suggestion I have you are having problems, put in a glass barrier to stop this happening.

I'm sure someone else will have a suggestion for you.

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well duh why didnt i think of this before. Thank you Did you find this cover at home depot and have it custom cut? I assume plexi glass would work the same. How did you attach it to the lid?
I will need the piece to be able to be removed when I need to access the light.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: New "Oscar Safe" lighting suggestions

Plexi will warp and twist with tank humidity, even at 1/4in. Use glass, 5mm is good. You can generally buy scrap pieces, offcuts etc from any glass shop. Cut your own with a $6 cutter. Its very easy, plenty of how-to vids on YouTube


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