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Old 01-24-2008, 07:14 PM   #11
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Thanks all. It's coming along. Just a few updates.

Stand is stained and ready for polyurethane. I originally was going to use Golden Oak, but I tested a few pieces before I started and didn't really like it, so I went with Colonial Maple. I think it turned out pretty nice.





I also got a package delivered today.





I got a free gift with the reflectors too.



For those who may want to try a DIY MH system, here what the ballast looks like. This is an "f-can" ballast. 2 wires go to the bulb and 2 wires to the plug. Really simple.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:36 AM   #12
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Awesome! The stand is looking great and I love the way you made the doors!
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:10 AM   #13
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Just curious what was the cost on the DIY metal halide? I was looking into upgrading the lighting on my 36" tank and didn't really want to spend the 600 dollars for the marketed fixture.
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Very nice! I wish I had documented the progress when I built my stand. There is a kid down the road from me, he and his dad are asking me to build them a stand like mine so if I do that I will document things every step of the way.

I would suggest sealing the inside of the stand even though you aren't going to have any equipment in it. It's just a good idea to do and doesn't take very long.
I second that, you just never know what the future may hold for the stand, and it's really easy to do now.
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Just curious what was the cost on the DIY metal halide?
Reflectors/mogul base - $30 each
ballast (f-can) - about $100 new from electrical supply store or about $30 on Ebay. Core & coil ballasts are quite a bit cheaper (maybe $30 new from electrical supply).
bulbs - anywhere from $10 each on Ebay up to about $70 each for brand names.
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looks awesome, I cant wait to see the finished product!
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The maple looks great. Tell us you made that bench too!
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Reflectors/mogul base - $30 each
ballast (f-can) - about $100 new from electrical supply store or about $30 on Ebay. Core & coil ballasts are quite a bit cheaper (maybe $30 new from electrical supply).
bulbs - anywhere from $10 each on Ebay up to about $70 each for brand names.
Check out ebay for sure! I got all new equipment when I upgraded to MH. I got most of it on ebay and the rest of it on Hellolights.com. I use PFO ballast for my MH and ARO for my VHOs my T5s are TEK. $600 whew, no way. I could light a 400g tank for $600.
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Yeah, pls do the inside with the polyurethane since it IS very easy to do now. Never know...

Darn, that thing is looking good! Love those doors.
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Stand is polyed, inside and out. Only thing left is drop in the bottom, but that won't be done till all the plumbing is in place.








Next is on to the canopy. I'm still not 100% sure how I'm going to build this. I want to have the front hinged to open up, but it might be tuff. I bought a sheet of 3/4" cabinet grade ply and hope I can work out something with that.
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