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Old 05-27-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hex Hood

I looked but its kinda hard to find decent lighting that is 16", so hey why not diy, but i figured if i was gonna do it might as well make a whole hood.
started out with a 2' by 2' by 3/8 piece of plywood from hardware store for $3 cut it to the size of the rim in my tank, then got 2 pieces of 1/2"x6"x4' and had it cut into 8 1/2" pieces.


Then I screwed the 8 1/2 pieces vertical to the edges of the hex piece of ply making a hood



Now i have to get some molding to fill in the corners, and attach my lights and some led for moon lights, then paint it to match my tank.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:29 AM   #2
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Looking good so far!
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alright got a little work done today, so far so good. i brought some quarter round to cover the edges, also got some aluminum for my lights.
before I could glue on the quarter round i had to make sure it was all straight, which is wasn't so i had to make some brackets for it
started with a 45

then bent it to 120

and screwed it onto the hood

got the 1/4 round, good fit but not perfect

glued it in place and sanded it to a smooth edge

then i needed something to reflect some light off the roof of the hood so i bought this L shaped piece of aluminum

then flattened it out

put in a vise and bent a new shape into it
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bent it to a shape i wanted

remember kids thin sheets can be a little sharp
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:25 PM   #5
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well i got it almost done now, painted it and cut an opening in the hood.
This is how is sits on the lip of the tank, o so snug

Heres a pic of it on the tank

Looking at it from the front, seeing the opening i cut

from the side

with the cover off

and with the cover flipped back like it will be when i attach the hinges

came out pretty good i think, just need to touch up the paint, attach the hinges, and then work on my lighting
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:53 PM   #6
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I. Want. One. Please?
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thanks, i pretty close to wrapping things up, put on the hinges, and a knob

Here is my main light, its an 85w CFL, and I will be complimenting the 85w with 2 20w coralife 50/50 CFL

13w CFL Vs 85w CFL

Made brackets for my lights and so far put in 2

its going good so far, just need to finish mounting the last coralife
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Wow thats awesome. You make it look easy.
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believe me it was pretty easy, i am in no way good working with wood, but if you take your time, it comes together a little easier
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nice job! i had to make my own hood once also ( a 65 corner hex) just make sure u line the wood with either plexi-glass or some type of moistue barrier cause all ur nice wood work will bend and warp eventually......
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