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post #1 of 2 Old 10-08-2009, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Metal Halides

I was just wondering if anoyone has ever made metal halides before. They are going to go on a 125 gallon tank, along with 200 watts of power compacts that are on there now. Thought it might be a little cheaper to make them from scratch. Thanks for any help.

My Tanks:
(1) 125 Gallon Saltwater FOWLR
(1) 55 Gallon Community
(2) 29 Gallons -Livebearers - Saltwater (Live rock)
(2) 10 Gallons -Dwarf Puffers
(1) 2 Gallon- Baby tank
(3) 1 Gallons- Baby Livebearers
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-10-2009, 06:39 AM
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I have found a few sites that show cheap, effective DIY Metal Halide systems:

This is a screw bulb version.

I have read somewhere about taking apart a halogen shop light and fitting a 10000k metal halide bulb and wiring in a ballast, but I cannot find the link. That would come with the reflector and splash guard already mounted, and you can find this at any decent hardware store (the shop light at least). I am going to dig for that article.

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