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post #11 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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I have thought about DIY ones but just one question where do you get the plastic rain gutters from?
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post #12 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Most home improvement stores should sell a light that size. Both dual T8's and single or dual NOT5 fixtures.
The last time I went to Lowes I didn't see any in that size. The next time I go I will look again
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It's not cheap, but I'm using an Aquasun 24" T5HO light suspended over a 32" long custom tank and it's working great. Check the light levels with a PAR meter and they are consistently in the 30-35 micromoles range, right where I wanted. (low-tech tank). Point is, if you elevate the light a little, you can likely use a 24" over the tank.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #14 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 09:37 AM
Shop Severe Weather 10' White Vinyl Gutter at Lowes.com

5 bucks for a 10 foot length.

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6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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It's not cheap, but I'm using an Aquasun 24" T5HO light suspended over a 32" long custom tank and it's working great. Check the light levels with a PAR meter and they are consistently in the 30-35 micromoles range, right where I wanted. (low-tech tank). Point is, if you elevate the light a little, you can likely use a 24" over the tank.
Does the reflection from the light being raised up make it hard to see the tank?
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post #16 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 12:23 PM
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I thought the light spillage would be a problem, since it's in my living room where the family TV is. The light is about 18-20" above the substrate, about 10"-12" above the tank top edge. The spillage is actually not an issue. I did tilt the light slightly (by moving the cord) so the bulbs are not directly visible. It is bright, though! Would not work well near the TV, but works very well in a corner 6' from the TV.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #17 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 12:32 PM
Or another simple fix is to adjust the reflectors. Its the advantage of making DIY fixtures. Its easy to adjust or modify them. You don't want a lot of light spilling out of the tank as all that light is lost.
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post #18 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Would a rain gutter light fixture be "enough" light? I was thinking of giving it a try but not sure if it would work on that tank?
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post #19 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 03:07 PM
If you use 2 of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Westinghouse-Lighting-22259-2-Lamp-Socket/dp/B000HJ97US/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321563702&sr=8-1(not sure what the price will be when you click. I paid 2.34 each)

and put 4 26 watt light bulbs that would give you around 100 watts (2.5WPG)....CFLs are different so not sure if the exact WPG applies.

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #20 of 53 Old 11-17-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was thinking of using 2 dual lamp sockets so I could run 4 bulbs. I think I might give it a try this weekend.
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