I've been thinking of upgrading the rest of my tanks that don't already have CF's.
Is this something a gal like me with some limited wiring experience could easily do, or will I need to ask the Mr. who has a bunch of experience? Or could I try it myself, and ask him if I have questions?
Also, will they fit into most any strip (like a standard Perfecto), or do they need to be wider?
You should be able to handle the install all by your lonesome Everything is color coded and goes together very easily. I have no electrical experience at all, and the whole project took about an hour and a half. All you need is a few drill bits, measuring tape, and a philips screwdriver. I believe that they will fit into most any standard hood, although you can measure your hood and compare it to the specs on ahsupply.com to make sure. If you have any other questions, let me know, I'll be glad to help any way I can.
Boxed in as I planned on putting a plexi cover and adding some fans for heat removal. With the warmer temps, light is already warming up the tank a bit too much, so will have to finish that part of the project soon.
Darn, can't see your last pics at all Sir... I really wanted to see the Mbuna tank too, since that's one I'll be upgrading. Being that they say Mbuna's like subdued lighting, do you find this kit to be too much for them? Or do they do okay with plenty of rocks and stuff to hide in?
While I'm at it; which bulbs do you recommend to go with the kit for plants? I'm not sure which one most closely resembles the GE Aqua Ray color that I'm so used to.
Jans, I've kept some Yellow Lab with the 55w AHSupply kit before and they were just fine. For the bulb, look for full spectrum bulbs and your plants'll do great. I don't have any experience with AquaRay so I can't help you there.