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Old 10-09-2009, 02:08 AM   #1
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I found me a cheap deal on them ($10) without bulbs. Which is what I want cause I would replace the bulbs with grow lights and/or aquarium lights.

What sort of height should I put them above the tanks? I was thinking of just making a wooden frame from 2x4s and going artsy fartsy and glueing driftwood to the planks to make it less of an eye sore.

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Hang it by a chain then you can adjust the height. What type of bulbs does it take T5, T8 or T12?

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or do like mgamer and get some fishing line and hang it... that way there is no visible chain... either way would rule out having to fabricate a box to hold it

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I had mine so the bulbs are 3" above the water. I think anywhere from 3-6" is good. Too high & you get a bit of scatter & lose some light. If you were to hang the lights from the ceiling, then an adjustable chain would be ideal. However, I think that a canopy would look good, esp. if you can decorate/build it so it looks like part of the tank/stand.
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:04 AM   #5
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they are t8s I believe, but can hold the t10 and t12. I need to go back and look at it.

I did come up with some parts to try to prototype something for a spiral cfl bulbs (daylight ones that you would put in a lamp) for the 20g. I have some reflective vinyl I will be trying it out with..... just basically building a box where the hood light should go.

My reasoning for building the box is that I live in an apartment, and not sure how well the ceiling is *lol*
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