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Old 09-30-2008, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TexGal has a 6' long tank that used to have 2 Coralife fixtures with Power Compact bulbs in them. We made an ultra slim housing for five 80 watt Giesemann Midday T5HO. Each bulb has an individual reflector. They can be turned on/off separately (2 front bulbs, 2 middle, 1 back).

The fixture vents from the top - it's covered with fiberglass mesh that allows for excellent ventilation. There is a leg support that neatly folds back when not in use.

The fixture is attached to the plastic rim of the tank with custom made hinges. The ballasts are remote (inder the tank) so the housing is as light as possible. There are no ugly electric cords seen everywhere under the hood. On the left and right there are 2 square pieces of aluminum that cover the end of the reflectors and bulbs so there is very little light spill - mainly from the back where the filter pipes go into the tank.

We expect huge changes in this tank with that kind of light intensity and quality. To start look at the album with details about the fixture:
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, that new light system is bright! That looks like a premium setup, can't wait to see how the plants respond.

Great shot of the danio, love the brilliant color to him.
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is there such a thing as a 12 inch light for a 30c that is hung and about 27-36 watts?

just a crazy thought :P
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That is a very sharp lighting set up.
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In just 1.5 days since the light was installed the R. Macrandra and the R. Wallichi and R. Hippuris is sprouting new growth - at the tops and along the stems. It's amazing. I haven't seen growth this fast EVER!!! You can take a look in my thread here:
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I can't thank Niko enough!! He is a real engineer, designer, and builder - all in a very pleasant, kind package!



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Niko, Great DIY fixture!

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That is a spectacular light fixture!
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Wow. When you said ultra slim, you mean ultra slim...Great Job!! Do you have picture of the building? Super Job NIko.
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It is a great looking light. Saw it in person in the back of his car. I was very impressed with the fiberglass mesh on top. That should really help with heat dissipation. Great build quality also.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Mulita,

No I don't have pictures of how I built it. But it's so simple that I can't explain why it took me so long to finish it. The enire housing costs about $10.

Let me know if you are interested in details.

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