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post #21 of 38 Old 01-10-2010, 11:17 AM
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Flashing that's what I could think of earlier...that's what yo call it

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post #22 of 38 Old 01-10-2010, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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I had a buddy who used copper flashing to make a reflector for his light on his hood, the tank was set up as such that the condensation formed on the copper and dripped into his tank, eventually killing all his saltwater fish :O

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post #23 of 38 Old 01-10-2010, 12:24 PM
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They make copper flashing? Learn something new every day...we just have the nomral silver looking stuff here that was used on our Porch!?
That classifies for nice design gone wrong
Either set up the lights on DYI hoods a decent amount away from water surface in the hood, I also pref to have holes in the back of hoods for A) cables B) ventilation
And/ or add a plexi glas or glass cover right on the tank and have lights sitting directly on it.

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post #24 of 38 Old 01-14-2010, 01:24 AM
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DIY lighting

Ok, first off: you guys are awesome.

I'm trying to DIY light my new 40 gallon--and am a little overwhelmed considering I am a complete novice at this kind of stuff. I think that the rain gutter idea with tinfoil lining is a fantastic one. Do you guys have any recommendations on what to use as a cover for the rest of the tank (the area left that the gutter won't cover)? Also, before I head to the home store, any recommendations on items that I should add to the shopping list?
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post #25 of 38 Old 01-14-2010, 09:43 AM
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Ok, first off: you guys are awesome.

I'm trying to DIY light my new 40 gallon--and am a little overwhelmed considering I am a complete novice at this kind of stuff. I think that the rain gutter idea with tinfoil lining is a fantastic one. Do you guys have any recommendations on what to use as a cover for the rest of the tank (the area left that the gutter won't cover)? Also, before I head to the home store, any recommendations on items that I should add to the shopping list?
You can either buy a glass top for you tank (pricy) or while at the store pick yourself a sheet of Plexiglas up and cut it to size for your tank.
You'll need the gutter, wire & a plug (if desired either get a timer to hook it up or a light switch to add to your cable) , sockets for the bulbs and then bulbs. Ideally you wanna pick up bulbs that'll equal you 1 watt per gallon, so on a 40g tank i'd do 2x20w. then make sure its something labeled as "Daylight" or "Ultimate Daylight"; these are rated around 5-6500 kelvin and are best for a planted tank.

Then you're all set

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post #26 of 38 Old 01-15-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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i second that. i use a pre-made glass versatop on my 20 long planted tank that i made the gutter for, they do run a few dollars though. the plexiglass can be a pain to cut but with the right tools, can look fantastic. if you can spring for the extra money for the versa top (im guessing around 30 USD for your size tank) go for it to save you some work.

on top of angels list dont forget to get end caps for the gutter you buy. at home depot i bought a preassembled wire with a plug for like 6 bucks, a switch for another 4 bucks (single pole single throw push button on/off), and a 4 pack of 18w natural daylight bulbs. what socket arrangement you want to use depends on what they have available. I just sprang for ceramic sockets I had laying around. really if you can, make it easy on yourself. the parts are out there :)

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post #27 of 38 Old 01-16-2010, 09:09 AM
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This is sorta off topic: But would anyone else think this would make a good sticky post so everybody in the future can find it easily and we can keep collecting light-DIY ideas there?

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post #28 of 38 Old 01-16-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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+1 :) ill keep adding my pics and what not here from my project lights. need to design something for the 55 the wife and i are planning :)

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post #29 of 38 Old 01-25-2010, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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just want to add quick, i went out and bought myself a used 55 gallon marine setup to move my swordtails into. the tank came with a 4 foot fluorescent fixture housing 2 24" T8 sized bulbs. neither home depot or lowes carried daylight bulbs in 24" T8s! fortunately for me lowes carries 24" T8 GE aqua rays aquarium bulbs for about 7 bucks a piece so it still didnt break the bank, just a heads up for you home improvement store addicts like myself :)

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post #30 of 38 Old 01-25-2010, 05:33 PM
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Really? Asked them punks at Lows...cause ours has the T8's in 4ft length (by GE)......why would they sell them in one State but not in the other????

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