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post #1 of 10 Old 05-12-2014, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap 20H Hood?h

Am I gonna get any cheaper than $25 for a hood doing any DIY or ordering somewhere else?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-12-2014, 06:53 PM
depends on what you want appearance and,output wise, buy yeah you can get $25 or close to it.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-13-2014, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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I don't care about appearance or output as long as incandescents aren't involved. I was looking for cheaper alternatives, however.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-13-2014, 09:29 PM
I would look at lowes and you should be able to come pretty close, realize most things are sold without bulbs.

This would need to be retrofitted into a raingutter or something to place over the tank.
Shop Metalux 24-in Fluorescent Strip Light at Lowes.com

Less DIY but over the $25 plus does need 2 T8 bulbs.
Shop Utilitech 24-in Fluorescent Wrap Light at Lowes.com

If you keep looking at lowes and other local stores to you, you may find better options.

Other then that it may be cheapest to check the Goodwill regularly for a large desk lamp/clamp on lamp that is incandescent and then just put some spiral CFLs in it.

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-14-2014, 09:44 AM
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Hello Flint:
from your post I have concluded that you are a very knowledgeable and capable individual with style beyond the rain gutter solution. It is very easy to make a metal hood to hold any lighting system.


All you need is a piece of metal thinner than 30 gauge, a pair of red metal snips , pop rivetís and up here in NY they are called flanging pliers down south they are called tongs .


If you provide the numbers I would be willing to lay-out a pattern for you.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-14-2014, 11:41 AM
Rain gutters are the definition of style :p

Typical 20H hood is about 24" by 6"
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-14-2014, 03:43 PM
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Hello M_31:
I guess that style is a matter of the beholder like beauty, for me rain gutters falls a little short though some folks might find the rain gutter solution satisfactory.


The important numbers as you said are the tank length and light fixture size. Get your numbers together and go to the local hvac fabricator to make the hood then, if you donít wish to do it yourself.


All you do is take a one dimensional lay-out and use it to make a three dimensional object that exist in time and space.

A one-half dimensional man,

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-12-2014, 12:24 AM
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2 months later while delving the bowels of TFK, I find this hahaa. When I went to drop off the 75G tank at Sang's place, she had plexy glass over the tank...works perfect.

$8 and free shipping if you have amazon prime for this: http://www.amazon.com/Source-One-LLC-Acrylic-Plexiglass/dp/B004DYW31I/ref=sr_1_2/175-6117434-0935831?ie=UTF8&qid=1405138775&sr=8-2&keywords=plexiglass+sheets
Cut it in half (few ways to do that) and you have a full top hood. Cut holes in for the filters and heater wires..etc.

Get a desk lamp rated high enough wattage for 6500k CFL bulbs or something...and that's about...20/25 bucks. Good luck!
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2 months later while delving the bowels of TFK, I find this hahaa.
Ewwwwww.....

Only caution with plexi is it will warp if it gets too hot. Funny you mention Fox as I just bought a filter from her very recently that needed some coaxing.

Theres a way to make some pretty slick sliding glass tops too using plastic trim thats usually in the flooring section at stores. I actually like them more then the typical hinged tops, kinda amazed no one makes them specifically for tanks. Works best with glass which some stores sell and cut pretty cheap.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-12-2014, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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I can buy an actual hood for $25 shipped so I'm just gonna do that when I have the cash.
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