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post #1 of 8 Old 02-16-2010, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Light hood!!!

I got this light hood for my aquarium. I think it says it's only for 20w. It's for my 29g tank. It says

"30" Aquarium reflector 120 volt 20 watt 60 hz"

How the hell do you find a light thingy that's the exact same size to fit on my hood that can use more watts!??

I want to start a planted tank maybe! :( Sucks...
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-16-2010, 07:37 PM
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is it a standard 29G tank? i believe even though they are 30" long, they only take a 24" bulb....there is 3" of spacing on either side...I havn't seen many 30" bulbs, if any at all....

if thats the case, I know they offer a wide variety of lights in the 24" length!
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-16-2010, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it is a standard 29g tank. The light thingy is 30" but the light itself is probably 24."

I believe the maximum wattage I can have is 20W though so I'm going to have to buy a whole new light altogether.

Can anyone recommend me something?

CORALIFE 30" AQUALIGHT - Aquarium Center, Inc.

that's something I thought looked like a good light... but anyone know any cheaper ones or good recommendations for plants?
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-16-2010, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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O... holy crap!!!! I lagged a bunch and it didn't show my post going through.... T.T;;;;; Where's the delete post button....
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-16-2010, 07:48 PM
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i did it on two other is acting a lil' strange!
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-16-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I noticed they implimented a "thanks" feature thing, so that must be why. Anywayssss

more importantly!!! my question: ;p
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-17-2010, 02:05 AM
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That Coralife fixture would be the "easy" way out. I have a 29g myself that just has the regular strip light like yours. I'm thinking of upgrading sometime in the future, but I'm thinking I'll try to DIM (do-it-myself).

Here's a great thread on how to turn these kinds of fixtures into ones that just use regular screw-in compact fluorescent bulbs. I actually like these more than the single 65-watt fixtures like you linked to because you can get a more customized lighting scheme by mixing bulbs of different color temperatures. Also, it leaves you plenty of room inside the light housing if you want to add LED moonlights, or something. Anyway, here's the thread:

How to retrofit your light for cheap

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-17-2010, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the link. I looked over it... it seems way too complicated for me! Too much room for error and the possibility of wasting 20$ and not being able to do it. :/ Don't think I'd be able to figure that out.... I tried a DIM for fixing my headphones and ended up totally breaking them. Dx
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