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Old 09-03-2009, 04:05 PM   #1
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HID Xenon for Aquarium Lighting.

Hey guys...I can't afford a Metal Halide system...So I went all out custom

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Heres a look at the Light spectrum from the 2 HID Xenon lights as seen above.



Mounted the HID lights in place of a 400W halogen tube lamp. Removed sockets and drilled holes.



Fan in the back to cool the al enclosure, side holes drilled for wire, and soldered in place. A ballast is seen in the back with zip straps and heat sink.


Shimmering effect is produced, and lights up your room with 10K lighting.


Heres a ballast....


New Tank setup on my desk. Two ballasts on the side and light on top.


Total cost:
$19.99 CAD for the complete halogen outdoor lighting fixture from Home Depot =D.
$49.99 USD for the HID Xenon 10,000K conversion kit from Ebay.
$4.00 CAD Maybe 4 dollars worth of heat shrink tubing and solder and rubber gasket.

Power source is a 12V 400W computer power supply SLIM Drive Bay version with custom on off switch.
Each Lamp rated at 35Watts 3200 Lumens each so total 70 Watts at 6400 lumens.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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Wow, good job. What was the end cost of the project. Nice setup with the live rock by the way.
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Hey guys...I can't afford a Metal Halide system
Should have checked Ebay. You can get a 175w ballast for about $30 and a bulb for as low as $10.

I would be very interested in seeing what kind of PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) those put out. I wonder about UV output too...??? Lumens really have no value in guaging the effectiveness of the bulb in a reef tank setting. Any chance you have access to an Apogee Quantum light meter?
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According to my research, the HID lights do produce UV-A and most of the UV-B is blocked as that is harmful.

I do not have access to a light meter, Ill just have to wait and see. So far its been okay. As I have see no decrease nor increase in Coraline algae but a significant increase in green algae.

Again this is a new setup so it needs to cycle. There is only one true piece of live rock in the tank, the rest of the rocks were white when I had it setup, they used to be live..... trying to revive it now.
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:21 PM   #5
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Heres my fav fish everrrrr!


Some good green algae


The green rock in the back and very left used to be all white like the round piece in the front right.


Unknown growth...


The only piece of live rock.
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So you are cycling and have fish in the tank?
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:50 PM   #7
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Kind of.....

The water im using comes from my reef only tank which has already been cycled. I replace the water every weekend and do a 75% water change directly from the Reef tank. In doing so, I hope to jumpstart the white rocks on making them Live again.
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Hmmm, while the frequent PWCs are a good idea and can keep the ammonia down, keep in mind, the beneficial bacteria resides mainly on the rock, substrate and other surfaces, not the water column.
I would definitely be interested in the PAR rating as well. Nice clean DIY lighting system, by the way!
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I had this tank setup since August 16th, and was using a 50/50 10,000K / Actinic CFL until August 28th.

The green growth on the white rocks were slow, it has only been the last few days up till now that I notice the rocks being super green. If you look at the first post, the last picture showed the same rock being all white, and that had been the first day I started using the HID lights. And today, you can see the white rock is very green.

Coralline algae also seems to be doing well on the only piece of live rock. No sign of retreating =D hopefully 3 months from now Ill have the other green pieces covered with coralline algae.

My puffer is essentially a water condition indicator for me. His white belly will show black spots or turn black if it feels stressed, and if water quality was off, the belly would turn completely black. Even so, when it sleeps at night, its belly turns completely white. So it gives me a visual warning if somethings wrong with my water chemistry.

How do I get access to a light meter?
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WOW! Can I get an update? This is exactly what I am trying to do. The cost of lights is SUPERDUMB! Good luck, by the way my whole tank is DIY except the lights!
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