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Old 02-26-2011, 10:28 AM   #11
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I do like the looks of that. Where did you get the hardware? I'm especially interested in the ballasts and those reflectors.

I have 2 2 bulb T5 Fixtures and 1 4 bulb fixture but can't fit all of them on top of the tank because of the sizes... I was thinking of taking them apart and mounting them just like you have so I can get all 8 fixtures over the tank.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:30 AM   #12
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Icecap endcaps and standoffs
Tek reflectors
Ati bulbs
Led moonlights

I have icecap ballasts that aren't shown. Inherited them with the tank.

I was thinking that when I upgrade to 8, I would get one or two larger reflectors? I squeezed those four in there, but if you nit doing a canopy and have more room, you should get six easy. I don't see eight over 18"
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from looking at your picture- if you turned that end cap upside down you should see an opening with 2 areas with copper coated contact surface. each one of those areas gets a wire.
Do I have to wire both endcaps of one bulb or just one end?
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:23 AM   #14
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Thats a sweet set up mr x you deff know what your doing lol
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:58 PM   #15
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More progress pics

The bulbs are all wired along with the fans. Everything connects to a set of panels on the top of the canopy will connect to the ballasts and the fan power supplies.

This way, if i need to, I can disconnect everything by unscrewing.
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Looks good. Nice and clean. What sized tank is this going on again?
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Looks good. Nice and clean. What sized tank is this going on again?
Thanks man. We try to be clean and easy. Before I hook up the ballasts, I want to find some kind of quick release. Though i don't plan to have to disconnect them until a bulb goes or I have some sort of problem.

It's going on a 125
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are they the 5', 80 watters?
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Yes, they are 5'.

It's all done and fired up perfectly on the first try!

Actually, the old canopy lights were color coded which made it simple. And it seems they don't care about polarity.

I'm beat! But my fish and corals will appreciate this in the morning
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what bulbs did you end up going with?
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