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Old 04-22-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Diy t5?

How could I go about making a t5 unit for my 33 gal reef tank. I have 156 watt odyssea 36" t5 right now and have heard some bad things about it and I think I want to make one. Would i need to make a canopy? What are the easiest ways of doing this?
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Could I take the ballasts out of a fixture and wire them into a canopy? And should I have a heatsink? Sorry for all of the questions..
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For a DIY T5 you probably should get a canopy to mount everything to. I recommend you get individual reflectors and water resistant end caps if it is not going to be in an enclosure. If the ballast doesn't have a heat sink on it now then you shouldn't need one later. You may think about having a PC fan blowing over it if you are concerned.
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I have an extra computer that I could take it out of. How do I go about buying t5 ballasts? Or should I take it out of my old odyssea and how?
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