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BigRed27 04-19-2004 06:28 PM

I got my new lighting today (pictures)
 
I recieved my new lighting today from AHS. I bought two 2x36 kits from them with their hood. There was some assembly required :shock: but it is much much brighter.

My old lighting
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...php?pic_id=316


My new lighting
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...php?pic_id=317

Did you know that I have fish in my fish tank?
I guess going from 20 watts to 144 watts is a big deal \:D/
I have some pictures of the assembly process. If anyone wants to see them give me a shout.

Sir_BlackhOle 04-19-2004 09:07 PM

Yes lets see them please! :-)

Justin Fournier 04-19-2004 09:44 PM

Feel free to post them up, won't hurt!

Help 04-19-2004 10:49 PM

Too bright, IMO. If I were a fish, I'd rather hide in a darker, more subdued Colliseum. It's too bright in there for any fish to "hide".

BigRed27 04-19-2004 11:25 PM

Ok here is assemly process as requested. Its not all the steps but hope it helps/shows someone. You have to assemble everything but the instructions are pretty good. If you are mechanically inclined its not a problem at all. The whole process took me probably 1 1/2 - 2 hours taking my time. I had to undo some of my work to make the wiring look better.

Again this is AHS's black 36" hood, and two 2x 36 kits
I have two 5500k lights and two 6700k lights

All the parts (lots of parts)
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00845.jpg

The underside of the hood
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00848.jpg

The reflector mounted in hood
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00849.jpg

Protective coating removed from reflector
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00850.jpg

The ballasts mounted and some wiring started
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00851.jpg

Working on the second reflector
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00852.jpg

The left side complete
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00853.jpg

All done
http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00854.jpg

And here it is all on.
5500k is in the top right and bottom left
6700k is in the top left and bottom right

http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/...f_DSC00855.jpg

litesky 04-19-2004 11:26 PM

probably because it was taken in the dark. Causing it to look bright. What is the size of the tank? How many watts are you running per gallon. Maybe you might be going over just a tad bit.

BigRed27 04-19-2004 11:47 PM

40 gallon tank 144 watts 3.6WPG
I realize the picture is really bright but it is also blurry. I will take another one tommrrow when the light comes back on. I think the camera is way out of focus.

Corigan 04-20-2004 07:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigRed27
40 gallon tank 144 watts 3.6WPG
I realize the picture is really bright but it is also blurry. I will take another one tommrrow when the light comes back on. I think the camera is way out of focus.

Definately not too much light, might want to adjust with a white balance is there is one. I assume once some of that plants grow in and more is added that it will produce more shade/blockage from the lights for the fish to hide in. One of my favorite sun blockers for the african glass catfish in my tank are tiger lotus leaves.

Matt

Sir_BlackhOle 04-20-2004 10:29 AM

Yes those lights should work out great for you! Good job on the install and thanks for sharing the pics!

tsunami 04-20-2004 11:08 AM

I hope you are using CO2, plan to fertilize NO3/PO4/Fe+micros, and will be adding more plants with that amount of lighting. Otherwise, you'll be experiencing huge algae outbreaks...

Carlos


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