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Old 08-24-2008, 02:34 PM   #61
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Are you calling me short, sparky?
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:54 PM   #62
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If the diaper fits.....

But seriously, the stand is looking very nice. For the life of me I can't understand what is taking so long though. (Words of encouragement)
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:20 PM   #63
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This from the guy that waits an entire year to buy anything but snails and crabs for his tank. Sheesh.

I've been down on myself about the quality of it, that's hindered my motivation. Funny how dumb little things help sometimes - I found last weekend some cool trim, and I put it on last night, and now it's like I don't even notice the billions of flaws in the stand anymore.

Doors this afternoon is the plan. I cutout the 4 walls for the canopy last night, need to tack-assemble them and verify fitment on the tank, so I am actually making good progress this weekend.

Found a local guy that has 130# rock for sale. Meeting him next weekend to pick it all up.

I think I'm getting close now, finally.
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:15 PM   #64
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And corals too, don't forget the corals!

I totally understand the motivation thing. The truth is that the flaws you see as you do the work will under almost any circumstances would not be noticed by anybody.

I also believe that if people are looking at your stand and not at your tank, you have done something really wrong in the tank.

From the pictures things look very nice. If need be I can return the favor and but you once or twice a week.
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:03 PM   #65
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It's home depot's fault now, nothing more I can do this weekend.
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:40 PM   #66
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Alright, little more done today.

Canopy is framed in.

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Looking great neilanh!
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lighting help

Trying to layout the lighting in my canopy. The problem is the tank is only 12 or 13" wide at the edges. I bought some of the standard retro reflectors from hellolights, but they're as wide as the tank is on the ends, so it doesn't really leave room for the T5 actinics.

Will this work, or are the T5s going to explode?

Blue is the T5 bulbs, yellow in the lower picture is the MH reflector. Top picture is a side view, bottom is a tops down view.

Mad paint skillz, I know.

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Good question. Are you planning on using fans?
Do most MH fixtures use or need fans?
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Undoubtedly I'll need to add some fans, yes.
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