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Here is a pic of my DIY 55g stand/hood. It was built from ¾ “ cabinet grade maple plywood, finished white on the inside (makes things easier to see) and black outside. I built an identical stand for another 55g and also one for a 30g. It is a “european” style cabinet, no face frame or visible door hinges. The total cost for the solid poplar (doors and trim), 4 sheets of 3/4 maple ply, 1 sheet of 1/4" maple ply and the door hinges was $230! This is why we DIY!

There are four ODNO 48” T-8 Nutrigrow lamps in the hood powered by two 4x32w electronic ballasts. One ballast powers the front pair of lights, one powers the rear. This enables you to turn off the front pair of lights when lifting the hood (great eyesight saver). The interior of the hood is painted white with simple shop light reflectors (needed a metal reflector to ground the overdriven lights) Even with a white interior these lights are very bright. I would hate to see what it looked like with a polished reflector.

Please ignore the jungle look of the tank. Sundays are my water change/pruning day.
 

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Thanks Dennis. I agree with you on the pool table scenario. One miscue and there could definately be a mess.
 
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