02-26-2007, 08:51 PM
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With the stock lights right now I have 32w total over 120g, that works out to a whopping .26666666 WPG. I found some ballast a Lowes today that will run 2-40W T12 bulbs as well as some GE bulbs for aquariums that were 48" long and 40w each. If I built a canopy with 2 ballast and stagger 4-40w lights I would be getting around 1.3 WPG, not going to grow any huge plants but plenty good for my oscar tank. Keeing in mind I know the WPG rule isn't the best but it is good enough for this project.
I am looking at supplies as follows.
2 2x40w ballast ($15 each)
4 40w GE bulbs ($8 each)
8 endcaps ($2 each)
material for reflector ($15)
wood for canopy ($25)
misc. wire, screws, hinges, wire nuts, etc ($30)
I probably forgot a few things but that is the basics. I figure I'll have about $150 in it all together. To be honest, for a little more I could probably buy a decent fixture but what the hell. I'm so broke this gives me the option of buying stuff little by little.
I am also having issues with my Nanocube lights and will probably have to send it to nanotuners for a light upgrade. I cannot for the life of me figure out what is wrong with it.