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Old 06-18-2005, 09:45 PM   #1
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Lighting a 10 Gal Frag Tank

I've got a few 10 Gal tanks that are empty and am thinking about setting one up for a frag tank with shelves.

I'm looking for suggestions on lighting the sucker. I'm willing to build about anything, but am not against a premade, if someone can steer me in the right direction as far as caps and ballasts. I would PREFER PC lighting due to the heat factor, but I could MH it.

Suggestions?
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Old 06-18-2005, 09:57 PM   #2
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Is 36 watt enough?

Coralife makes 12" ones that are that much.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:37 PM   #3
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On naao-reef.com
there is a user with a similar set up who used 4 NO 15 watt lights. Check out his set up. His user name is belowH2O. You may be impressed. I am.
http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/show...threadid=37161
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Fulham Workhorse Electronic Ballasts
http://www.prolighting.com/woba.html
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Old 06-23-2005, 07:19 AM   #5
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I posted pics of the light I built for my 10 gal awhile back.

You can get a 2x32 electronic ballast from Home Depot for $7.98. It is a shop light that they sell. You can remove the ballast and plug and the ballast is small and not heavy.

Then just get some end caps, clips for the bulbs and 2 28 or 32 watt bulbs. I think the bulbs run $17 each online and you can get end caps as cheap as $2 each. The clips are normally $1.50 each. So for $50 + shipping you can have a 2x32 watt light

I put it in canopy I made so the cost was pretty minimal. Depends on how fancy you make it. The 2x32 was plenty of light for most softie frags and probably some LPS. I keep Montipora Digitata under it as well.

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That helps a lot ellisz, but I can't seem to find the post with the pix. Any help on that?
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Here is one pic I found on my hard drive. I must have deleted them on the site. I know I posted one of the light fixture itself. I will have to get one tonight. I use the same light for my 20L frag tank

The ballast will also power a 55 watt bulb to for a bigger tank.
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What did you do about a reflector?
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I just painted the inside of the canopy white. Nothing fancy. The filter hanging on the back was a refugium and it was lighted by the same light. The back was open for ventilation as well.
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That works. Well, another project for me!
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