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Old 08-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #11
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I made a trip to ace hardware with hood and heatsink in hand... Got a few weird looks and about 5 people asking me what I had.. I told one guy it's for growing special plants.... Lol
Anyways. So I walked around the store trying to figure out how I could mount this heatsink without drilling into the hood.... Well that idea didn't last long. So I decided to get some nice alan head screws I got 4 for the heatsink and 3 smaller ones for the splash guard. (I accidentally broke the post the screws screw into)

And so now I positioned the heatsink where it needed to sit and drilled 4 holes into the hood


I put the bolts in and this thing feels solid. And it's sooo much heavier than it was with the PCs



Everything installed and mounted. Fits like a glove.
The splash guard is very close to the LEDs so I think I will order a fan kit this week and install
It over the vents.

Now time to get the Wiring finished
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:32 PM   #12
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All I can say is. This is one super clean looking fitment (minus the screws on top of the hood, but they don't look TOO bad, I can deal with it). All the wires are gonna be hidden under the stock wire panel. You open the hood and everything is hidden



Feeding the wire harness into the hood

I used the Quick disconnect wire fittings so that I could take things apart in the future if I ever need to repair anything.
I labeled each color and wire

Next step. Testing the LEDs one last time. Put the hood back on the aquarium. And then adjust the colors to where I need
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:33 PM   #13
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Finished product


All lights on at once.
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and someone came out to say hey while i was taking some pics
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What light did you have on it before? Do you have any clue how much you spent and saved by DIY'ing it (if you don't mind my asking)?

Nice build by the way.
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I had power compacts before. And just keep in mind that I got alot of extras. I added the high noon kit and moon lights and I bought alot of extras to make the install look cleaner. I spent somewhere between 350-400 with all the extras. But you can get the basic stuff for around $250 for the same
Size fixture (12 inche). It's just less LED and less features. Mine are all dimmable and can
Be control by a reefkeeper if I wanted.
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