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04-25-2012, 05:36 AM #1
Lighting-crazily confused w/o canopy.
First things first...
My 166 needs light. Plenty of it.
A problem arises...
How do I get the bulbs--->hanged---->ballast----> power?
Specifically, Current USA bulbs, as they have exactly what I need.
Walk me through this..
This pic will show you setup of my evil master tank...
Assume a good 4-foot space above.
Also, I was to use those hangy thing(for the world I can't name it), but it needs a "flat backed stand" .... The aquarium has a flat back....
Please help. Lighting confuses me. A lot.
04-25-2012, 11:50 AM #2
Not sure but is the wood box what you want to hold the lights? If so, adding CFL bulbs (for plants) would be inexpensive and rather easy. Any hardware store carries the bulb holders (but get outdoor ones since the lights are exposed to the water. The wiring must be silicon sealed over splices.) Hardware stores will have clamps that can hold down the bulb sockets. Just ask a worker there to find both the bulb holders and correct sized clamps to hold them.
If wiring, slicing (correctly), and mounting the bulbs is beyond you, you should not be trying to build your own lighted hood and should buy off-the-self units!
Last edited by Cermet; 04-25-2012 at 11:54 AM.
04-25-2012, 01:08 PM #3
Found a site that sells both the correct CFL bulbs for plants and holders:
04-25-2012, 02:40 PM #4
0Originally Posted by Cermet
Ah, I see where you are coming from..
No, that's an opening to the wall. The other side.
I'm not trying to build my own hood.
My goal is to put lights(current USA 3x" 96 watt) in that empty opening in the tank.
Remember, it's custom(no common hood will fit), in the wall(with a large space above) and it's edges have hand sized panes all around it.
04-25-2012, 03:08 PM #5
Why don't you buy a sinlge 4 bulb T5HO fixture and put a lid over your tank? Seems like the easiest route to me.
04-25-2012, 03:45 PM #6
Lack of a lid that fits?
04-25-2012, 03:46 PM #7
Easy to get a hardware store to cut glass to fit your top. Then use hanging lighted 'hoods' they sell for plants for the tank? A top really cuts down on maintance and evaporation. I even drilled a the glass to add a screw to better hold a wood knob to lift the front piece (I had them cut it as two pieces - one a lot thiner so I had an easy to open front 'lid. I used epoxy to glue hinges to allow the front piece to operate as an easy to lift lid.
Last edited by Cermet; 04-25-2012 at 03:56 PM.
04-25-2012, 06:33 PM #8
I'd also look at configurable led products. Depending on the dimensions you might find something that can be daisy chained to give good coverage. You will need a lid though.
Lids also stop jumpers and escape artists.Mucky
Unusually I have nothing more to add...
04-25-2012, 11:54 PM #9
Skipped mr. Popped corn.
I was looking into it and(once freaking again) your right.
I'll cut glass, plop the glass on and put a 4-bulb t5ho fixture.
Heard they are great, well except someone who blamed it for the bulbs...
Might run up a good $400, but it seems like a good choice. I'll drop by my lfs soon and check if they have what I want.