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Old 12-30-2008, 04:13 PM   #321
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Looks great so far.

Between your thread and ziggy's i have learned so many things that i otherwise would have overlooked or never thought of. Thank you for including so much detail and pictures to help and inform n00bs like myself.

I am excited to see how everything progresses.


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Old 12-30-2008, 05:08 PM   #322
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Thanks again Ian for the compliments, that's why folks like me make these threads, so others can get ideas and learn from our mistakes.

I hope to get the 2d MH wired tonight and get it back up on the tank to see what it looks like. I'm still keeping the tank in the dark while my cycle progresses to keep from having algae flare up on me, but turning them on for a peek here and there won't hurt.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:23 PM   #323
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Alright, it's time to stop messing around and get this lighting squared away.

Ran by Lowe's today, picked up what I intend to use for my quick disconnects.



For wire, I'm using a Marine wire used for electrical harness for something in a boat. I selected the 16/3 for my purposes. Perhaps a bit overkill, but whatever. 16/3 just means 16AWG wire and there's 3 of them wrapped inside an outer insulation. You'll see in one of the upcoming pics.

If you've never done this, here's a quick photo summary. I'll demo one of them, then just repeat for the others.

Unscrew the 3 screws in the face and open 'er up. This is what it looks like inside:


Push your wire through the back piece, separate and strip the ends of the wire, about 1/2"


Now, open each of the 3 clamps, and 1 by 1 insert the appropriate wire and clamp it down. Make sure you clamp the wire, not the insulation, to ensure good contact.


Now, slide the backshell up, screw in the 3 screws in the face and get them secure. This is the trickiest part to the whole thing, cuz you can't see the receiving end of the insert to line up the screws easily inside the backshell. Once you get it, on the other end of the backshell, tighten down the clamp - this clamp is used to make sure the wires don't get pulled from the contacts.


Repeat for the other end and BOOM! You're done!


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Lookin nice Neilan
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:15 PM   #325
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Alright, lighting and wiring in the canopy is complete, except for the fans. I'll get to that later. I also have LEDs and resistors and intend to build my own moonlights. Perhaps next week.

Here's the completed interior of the canopy.


Here's the back of it


The MHs were the last to get wired, he they are on their test fire.


And (drum roll please)
All the lights, 2x175MH - Reeflux 12000K bulbs
2x54W T5HO - Geissman Super Actinic and Actinic+ bulb


We started looking around now that we can see. We've found several feather duster/tubeworm things that are bright red, and a couple small brittle stars.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:22 PM   #326
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Looks like you're rock has done quite well while in "the hole". I think I see purple on a few of them too!

Very nice, that one pic even shows the shadows from the two mh lamps. I love that shimmering look.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:29 PM   #327
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Eventhougth I got a jump start on you looks like you will be up and running before me : ( Hoping that extra Fully Cured 22lbs of LR will help it catch up on the cylce what do your test look like?
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:40 PM   #328
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Peaks and Valleys for me cooltop. Slow and steady wins the race I'm told. lol

Here's what my cycle has looked like so far.

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Old 12-30-2008, 11:46 PM   #329
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I have been using index cards it looks so much more proffesional as a spreadsheet LOL
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PM me your email i can send you the sheet if you want. it has graphs and all that good stuff too.
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