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Old 12-28-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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DIY Canopy

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I have been debating to either make my own canopy or buy one, well as I was about to buy one I realized because of my t5 light it would not fit, so I had to make one. Check out how its coming along. Its about 80% done, still need doors and paint or stain it. Its a shame my stand is black, are there any other colors I can stain with (other than black)
that would match? I will update pics once I am done with all this!
P.S. This is my frist DIY projects and I am no carpenter
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry too much about the color contrast of the stand and the canopy, but if you want something that will contrast nicely I'd go for a lighter stain, something to keep it just a bit darker than the natural color of the wood.

It won't make the black stand out a lot like having darker wood stain would (imo) because you'll be able to tell instead of having to look close and realize it isn't all the same color.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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my light sits on the very top, I have a 48" wave point t5ho, so there is a gap of about 15" there is also a glass cover on the top of the aquarium, do you think the light is too high?!? when I put it on top just to give it a try the aquarium became much dimmer (obviously), but is that a concern for a reef tank? The light used to be on the legs that it came with, witch ofset the light from the top by like 2". Is this bad or false alarm? Any suggestions?
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:38 AM   #4
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Nice carpentry work. That looks aweful tall tho for T5 lighting, but looks like a nice height if you used metal halides. For T5 lighting, you will get the best results with the bulbs about 6" above the water.
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I talked to my lfs and they said that I can return the t5 system So, my question is what do recomend I use as my lighting in there? do MH make noise? I would like something reasonably priced aswell as quite because the aquarium is in the bedroom. My budget is around $400 for lighting. For MH lights I was thinking of getting two clip on onse... what do you think?
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What do you think of lumen max 2? Any other suggestions?
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That is a good reflector/pendant, however, I would recommend this 1 which is even better and would work great inside your canopy.
LumenMax ELITE Mogul Base SINGLE ENDED Reflector by Sunlight Supply - AquaCave

Here's a great article on MH reflector performance.
Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine - Product Review: Analyzing Reflectors: Lumenbrite III, Lumenmax Elite, Lumenmax, and Lumenarc III
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what kind of ballast would you recommend? Also about the bulb, what would be a good one, I would like a light blue color to it.
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thanks everyone for replies and a special thanks to ccCapt for helping me with all this
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Really? Why would the light be better at 6 inches?
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