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Old 06-30-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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DIY over tank light

So, I decided I would like to have my tank open top (it had a crappy hood)

Didn't fancy buying a whole new light fitting as mine suits me fine (only power compact *T8)

This is built out of drain guttering (PVC) the reflector is screwed inside as usual, I cut a groove on either side of the inside, this is where the condensation "panel" clicks into, preventing water splatter on the bulb.

I cut a notch on either end so it sits into the tank, finished it off with a few end caps made from an old tank hood.

Not the best thing in the world but it looks pretty clean, does the job just fine too!







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Old 06-30-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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Looks kind of similar to a nova extreme pro! I like the design, very nice
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:04 PM   #4
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Looks good. Are you having any issues with heat? The PC's I have always have some sort of fan or ventilation on them, they get pretty hot.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:06 PM   #5
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Sorry, it's a 14w T8 bulb, not sure why I wrote PC! lol
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looks good
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:10 PM   #7
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Thanks, appreciate it!
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:34 PM   #8
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Looks refreshingly minimalistic I love the bare bones look that this hood has
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Thanks, that's how I wanted it to look, just the right height but not too much, so it's nice and slim to the tank.
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looks much better than a stock flourescent hood too. Do you have any pics of the materials used or a DIY walkthrough? This is a neat upgrade.
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