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Old 04-02-2010, 08:14 PM   #11
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I think I just found my light for the aquarium. It is a MH/T5 combo. "A space saving combo unit combines 1x 150W HQI metal halide and 2x 14W Actinic Blue T5 lamps in one single unit." With the stand it is 19" long and extends to 24". I still may have to add someting for the back but this would cover most of it I am thinking. That or until I can figure something else out go with the super poor mans MH set up, a shop reflector clip light with a MH bulb in it. LOL. Thoughts suggestions welcomed as always.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:12 PM   #12
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I am also looking at a future project (more like pricing it out now while I'm setting this tank up) where I'd like to put a T5HO fixture together and was woundering if anyone knew what size ballast I'd need for it.
The ballast needed depends on what size bulb & number you want to use. I would suggest an electronic load sensing ballast - those are quiet and adjust output to your bulbs use, you you can wire pretty much anything to them as long as it is under the total max watts.

But I see you found something that will work with your tank shape. You may as well go with that. Getting good quality parts to build your own fixture is usu. more costly than a pre-made kit.
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:18 PM   #13
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" That or until I can figure something else out go with the super poor mans MH set up, a shop reflector clip light with a MH bulb in it. LOL. Thoughts suggestions welcomed as always."

I hope you were kidding about that. It's a fire waiting to happen!
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:45 PM   #14
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just get the ballast off of ebay thats what i did they were only 50 $ for to work horse 6
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Old 04-03-2010, 02:58 PM   #15
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Do some research here first. That way you won't buy the wrong ballast.
http://www.1000bulbs.com/images/PDF/...t-brochure.pdf
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:07 PM   #16
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TC it was a joke, hence the LOL at the end. And thanks for the link it will help with a future project.

Gregory I found a website that sells them kinda cheap and with the link TC sent me I should be able to figure it out. Thanks though all suggestions are welcome as I am still learning and wanting to do as much DIY as I can aswell.

I have found a fixture that meets what I am looking for. It is a MH with 2 T5 blues. With the odd shape of my tank this is as close as I am gonna come to what I am looking for. As I build up my tank I'll post pics for you guys to see and make suggestions. As always thanks for the help.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:31 AM   #17
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Whats site did you find them cheap
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:07 AM   #18
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Welcome to BallastWise.com

Single light balast starting at $13 most expensive one listed at $50 for T-5 HO Ballasts.

Looks like I will be picking up a 55 Gal on Friday. So the custom build is on hold for some time I am thinking. I do have some questions on water temp now as my 5 gal is roughly sitting at 80 degrees (with the heater off) and I am only using the bulb the tank came with. Looking to change it out for a 50/50 bulb. The top is a solid piece, should I lift the lid and add fans to the sides? I do have some crabs in it and was debating on adding a small piece of coral but with the temp getting high I want to make sure it would be safe to do. This is just to get some more life into the tank until I get my larger one set up and cycled.

As always thanks for the help.

Oh and if anyone knows where I could look for a reef club in Winchester VA area Id appreciate the info.

Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:57 AM   #19
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I bought my T-5 fixtures from Home Depot. Double strips. Now I bought my bulbs from my LFS, 39w each. So, my fixtures are 36" long. I placed aluminum A/C duct tape as a reflector. Some may dispute the where I got the fixtures but I'm running 10k and actinic with no problems. I'm just started the tank and added a few inverts. Now one of my rocks I bought from my LFS, grew out some button polyps.So, you should be good. Also, HD sells metal halides spot light for like 82 bucks. check it out. ALSO, I'm only going w/soft corals in my tank.
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Dude thats cool. How is the heat coming off the light? How long have you used that setup? I found a wesite that tells how to rewire a shop light and get more out put.

Here is the intro to the instructions: " ODNO lights are normal fluorescent lights that are rigged to burn brighter than the manufacturer-rated wattage. This allows a hobbyist to inexpensively setup a high-light tank. The setup described below produces approximately 1.75 the normal bulb output. So, a 32 watt bulb, would produce approximately 56 watts. Our light strip will allow for two of these, so we can build a 112 watt light strip for $20-$30, bulbs included."

Have you ever heard of this? Has any one tried this?
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