Originally Posted by Punkroc701
Dude it looks good but I'm not so sure on hard wiring the lights to the wall plug. I'd think with out a ballast or some kind of regulator that would eventually cause some kind of issues. Either shorter life span of the bulb, a fire, or something. I actually considered the reflective tape with some shop lights and just changing out the ballasts,but as I am not ready for the lights yet I am holding off a little longer now. How long have you had this set up?
The lights are ballast, it came with the fixtures. Now, just like one response about the ballast- These light fixtures came stock w/ 21 watt bulbs, I put 39 watt bulbs on there not flickers and when its turned on, its an instant start up.
Softies are doing fine
.. but later i will add metal halide from HD.
I've been having this tank set-up for about three months now, so the bio-system is not 100% as of yet. I'm making my own DIY reef rock, sump, and what ever I think I may need.
As for as hard wired, its just like a shop light- That's what they are sold as, they have to be hard wired into something.