01-14-2010, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by urmothaspizza
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