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Old 03-01-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Cheap DIY light!!!

So I just started a new 10 gallon planted tank, and I decided I wanted to make my own lighting so here's what I did. . .


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1 long window planter box
2 plug to socket light adapters
2 15 watt CFL bulbs
1 extension cord with 3 sockets at the end
1 can of spray paint
some aluminum foil


I took the planter and drilled a hole big enough for the extension cord to go through. I then plugged the adapters into the extension cord and screwed in the lights. I ran the cord through the hole in the back. I then screwed a piece of wood inside the planter box for the lights to rest on and I siliconed and duct taped the lights to the wood. Then I taped some aluminum foil inside as a reflector and painted the outside black. I get great light over my 10 gallon with this, and the whole fixture is about 24 inches long and only costs 15 dollars.

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what are you growing with this setup or did you just make this?
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:23 PM   #3
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I just made this, but in the tank it is going over I have some microwords, camboa aquatica, Rotala rotundifolia, and some hygrophila difformis.

I also have a betta in the tank.
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I just made this, but in the tank it is going over I have some microwords, camboa aquatica, Rotala rotundifolia, and some hygrophila difformis.

I also have a betta in the tank.
i've been playing around with lighting (mostly cuz i'm really cheap and don't want to pay uber bucks for those high priced ones) but i just can't seem to get things to work
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:34 PM   #5
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I hear ya!!

I did DIY over my 29 gallon too, and it works great. I did something similar to this. I made a wooden box with acyrilic on the bottom I and attached lamp holders with a splitter on top of the box. It holds four CFL's, so Right now I have 90 WPG over my 29.

This one was a little more expensive to do, but it looks a lot better and holds more lights.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:52 PM   #6
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I hear ya!!

I did DIY over my 29 gallon too, and it works great. I did something similar to this. I made a wooden box with acyrilic on the bottom I and attached lamp holders with a splitter on top of the box. It holds four CFL's, so Right now I have 90 WPG over my 29.

This one was a little more expensive to do, but it looks a lot better and holds more lights.
so your CFLs ARE working for your tanks? i rigged a shoplight over my tank with a ~40 watt CFL but plants still don't seem to be growing like i'd like. And i'm dosing with flourish
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My plants are growing like weeds right now. I still am having some algae problems, but other than that it works fine.

How big is your tank?
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Can you send me a link to these items?

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2 plug to socket light adapters
2 15 watt CFL bulbs
1 extension cord with 3 sockets at the end
Looking to do something just like this, thanks.
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i've been playing around with lighting (mostly cuz i'm really cheap and don't want to pay uber bucks for those high priced ones) but i just can't seem to get things to work
I have learned the hard way that you cannot be cheap on lighting, I have about 10 regular florescent lights downstairs that I tried and multiple ballasts. In the long run I worried about burning the house down and it was worth the $128 I spent on my 130w PC's I don't have to worry about. Good luck with your DIY it was nothing but frustrating to me! Check my earlier threads!
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My plants are growing like weeds right now. I still am having some algae problems, but other than that it works fine.

How big is your tank?
10 gallon.
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