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Old 12-21-2004, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I have this setup on my 55 gallon tank, somewhat at least. I bought 2 fixtures at home depot for 21 dollars. They hold 2 48 inch t12 bulbs. I have them right next to each other mounted on my tank lid. They put out a lot of light. I added two smaller 20 inch tubes that came with my tank over the back of the tank so I can see what im doing when im working in my tank, but it is also a little extra light. About 2 or 3 months after having the fixtures the ballast in each one went out. I ended up buying 2 ballast that are for a 4 light fixture did the overdriven mod to them. It gives off a ton more light. I have enough light to grow any kind of plant. Its well over 200 watts of light. I will take some pictures of my setup as soon as I get a little free time, work is killing me because of xmas. Also for a better reflector you can strip the paint off the reflectos and spray paint them with some mirror spray paint. I plan on spraying the entire inside of my hood with that spray paint along with the reflectors. You could also use metal halide lights you find at home depot. I was going to use them originally. I was going to get 3 or 4 metal halide flood lights but I figured the 48 inch tubes would be better.
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Old 12-21-2004, 06:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Who needs sleep? I can live off a 2 liter of mountian dew. So any way heres some pictures. They arent that great but here they are anyways:

This is my hood. Its plain but it works.

This is a digidoc I have hooked up to some fans to cool off my fixtures and to keep my tank somewhat cooler.


This is my timer and a outlet i have on the back of my hood.

This is my two big fixtures.
I have two 12 inch blue cold cathode lights I use for moon lighting also. They are mounted to the inside of the hood. They work a lot better than leds. I had 6 sets of 4 ultra bright leds in first and i didnt like that but i switched to the 12 inch cold cathodes and it lights it up a lot more. Also 4 of my six fans i have have 4 leds in them. They are 60 mm pc fans. They are actually good enough to use for moon lighting.

Older pic but its a better one of my entire tank setup.
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