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post #1 of 16 Old 03-01-2012, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Light fixtures at lowes?

While I was at lowes hardware store buying items for my acrylic lid. I shot over to the light section and checked out some of their light fixtures. I was surprised by how cheap they were. There was a 4ft light fixture for only $10. Could these be used for the lighting of an aquarium? I just made me an acrylic top for the aquarium, but I am planning on building a canopy for my tank to hide all the lights, filters, ect. It is a 125gal. I dont plan on having a heavily planted tank either. Could I use these?

Heres a website you can go to to check it out. This one is not the exact one (could not find the one I saw on lowes' website), but its along the lines.

http://www.truevalue.com/mobile/catalog/product.cmd?productId=21489
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-02-2012, 09:13 AM
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I would say yes. Just be careful that it doesn't come in contact with water. Aquarium fixtures are more insulated than shop lights. Also, try to keep the tubes up off of the acrylic panel. I'm sure there is a lot of advice and more expert knowledge than mine to come, so read on. Good luck.
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They can be used but you need to modify the cover for the bulbs and they are best hung above the aquarium panel not directly on it.

check ebay for fixtures, you can get some good fixtures on there.

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They can be used but you need to modify the cover for the bulbs and they are best hung above the aquarium panel not directly on it.

check ebay for fixtures, you can get some good fixtures on there.
What exactly do you mean by modifying the cover for the bulbs?

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They can be used but you need to modify the cover for the bulbs and they are best hung above the aquarium panel not directly on it.

check ebay for fixtures, you can get some good fixtures on there.
Could I not just buy the ficture and the bulbs to fit the fixture and mount it in my canopy?

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

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20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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Yes, if your canopy will keep the fixture dry and the tubes above the acrylic. I think that is what Tazman meant. I think we're getting confused over the terms top, canopy and cover.
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Yes, if your canopy will keep the fixture dry and the tubes above the acrylic. I think that is what Tazman meant. I think we're getting confused over the terms top, canopy and cover.
LOl, yeah I think so. I made an acrylic top to help with the evaporation. And now I am going to build a canopy to hid all the mess like, lights, filters, and tubing. I plan to have whatever light fixture, connected to the top of the canopy on the inside. I will be painting the inside of the canopy white to reflect better. That is my plan as it stands now.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

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20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-02-2012, 01:25 PM
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I think you're on the right track.
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post #9 of 16 Old 03-02-2012, 01:32 PM
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Definately... You could probably go with some good low-light plants later if you wanted to. 2 full-length bulbs would do.

(especially if they can take t5 or t8 bulbs)

I've thought about lining up all my 10's on one shelf with one of those fixtures over all my tanks... the tubes are much cheaper than the CFL's I use now.

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You probably want to stay away from the T12's. I hear that they are being fazed out and that the current inventory is all that will be sold.
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