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post #31 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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One more thing Zof, could you take a picture or find a picture that shows the kind of screw you had? Does the threading run from the head to the end of the screw, or does is it smooth from like halfway through the screw then threaded towards the end?
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post #32 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 02:12 AM
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hmmm

well on the many that i have made and the one in the picture that I posted it isnt much of an issue as long as it tightens up correctly.

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post #33 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Wait, what isn't much of an issue?
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post #34 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 11:11 AM
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nuts

screw threads and the like..if it tightens up and holds the piece in question in place its all good.

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post #35 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I see.. what length screw should i get? 2 inches? 2.5 inches?

Also, i'm having trouble finding a 6500K cfl.. the closest i've found online is a 5500K. Here

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post #36 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 12:05 PM
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6500

well 5500 will work you really want the 6500.do you have a home depot.they ususaly have them..some other store may have them for a couple more dollars they are usualy packaged in blue in 13 and 27 watts.i love the 27 watts buyt they are usualy too big for most projects.on the bolts do you have acces to a dremel...i use the cutting head and just make it the right size for the project.every project is a little differnt as ZOF said about his double end had to be disassembled fram a home fixture were i try to get double endeds out of tossed out old aquarium lights and they already have most of the work done.once again the bolt size is presumably differnt than mine but fact being if it is held in place your good.you will be starting a tool box soon if you havnt already once you have some odd nuts and bolts.

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well 5500 will work you really want the 6500.do you have a home depot.they ususaly have them..
That specific 5500K bulb was actually online only and i don't wanna buy anymore things online, personally i just don't like the wait. haha But the high K i could find with a cfl instore was 5000K. Would that work just as fine? as a 5500? or even a 6000K+?
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post #38 of 61 Old 06-14-2011, 01:15 PM
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Go to wal-mart and look for one that says "Daylight", with a package that kinda looks like this-



You'll probably have to get a lower wattage, but look for a package that looks similiar. The 'Minis' are nice.

For a 20 gallon long, assuming you want low-tech, then 30-40 watts will be enough. I plan on setting up a 20 long with much less very soon. (12W)

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post #39 of 61 Old 06-15-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks red!

One final question. I've decided to go 1 double socket and a single, but i'm not sure what kind of single socket to get. All the single sockets i've seen are vertically installed, while i'm looking for a horizontal socket. Any help with this problem? Btw, i got all my supplies and cut the gutter to fit my tank, but i'm just waiting for paint because i'm not 18 yet):

Thanks for all the help guys, and especially for keeping up with my simple, but annoying questions. haha
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post #40 of 61 Old 06-15-2011, 08:18 PM
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Heres your wiring with one more socket, as for the single sockets, I just found one with a metal piece on it that I could bend into the right place and hold up with a bolt and nut like the double socket.

You'll probably want to use wire nuts to put all the wires together

Btw you might want to cut venting holes depending on how high a wattage light you go with, I just found one of mine dead, probably to the heat.
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