10-02-2013, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by AndrewM21
Make your own!
I made a 156W CFL fixture (5k) to go on my 75G for a fraction of the cost and the bulbs are much cheaper to replace (I believe a 4pk was $9 or $10 @ lowes). I haven't had any plant problems since replacing the T8's and properly dosing my ferts. (Although if you don't have plants, the price factor is what really applies here).
I believe the total cost of the build was $40 or $50. But this was for a 75G tank, you'll come out much much cheaper since you would need far less material.
The purchasable ones are easier though, so I suppose it depends on how you feel about the "DIY" area.
Good luck :)
Oh that sounds good!! Ill see if I could get the same things at Home Depot or Rona. Is there anything i should look for or be carefulabout when/if I do DIY?