Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-31-2010, 05:05 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 141
T-5's for a DIY Canopy

I am working on building my own tank custom shape (think of a superman emblem) and I was looking at some T-5 fixtures at Lowe's (yeah I said Lowe's) and was wondering if those would work for a reef tank? The tank will be 5 sided 2' x 2' x 1' x 17" x1'. I have read for a 18" tank front to back you need 6 lamps and 24 front to back you need 8 lamps so I figure with this tight a fit those would be a perfect fit. Any ideas or comments?
__________________

__________________
Punkroc701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2010, 08:31 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mitchell0605's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wollongong Australia
Posts: 2,757
I'm curious as to what inspired the shape.
__________________

__________________
~ Mitch

Follow my 6G Pico build!
Mitchell0605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2010, 09:56 AM   #3
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
As far as I know, Lowes or Home Depot does not carry T5HO bulbs. Normal output T5's, yes, but not High Output (HO). Regular T5's are pretty much useless unless your talking fish only.
__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2010, 11:15 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 141
Mitch,

The tank will be in a corner of the room that is where the idea for the shape came from. I am slowly thinking of a different shape and maybe going larger. More to come on that.

ccCapt,

I was only looking at the fixtures not the bulbs. I can get T5 HO bulbs easily but the light fixtures are not as easy (more like cheap I guess) so I was curious as to if the T5 fixtures would work.

Thanks guys.
__________________
Punkroc701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2010, 10:09 PM   #5
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
OK, maybe I misunderstood you, or you misunderstood me. HD or Lowes does not sell T5HO fixtures or bulbs, at least none of them around here do. A HO bulb will not work in a regular T5 fixture unless you buy a HO ballast and replace the regular T5 ballast that comes with the fixture.
__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 12:06 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 141
Ok that works that helps alot. I have a couple others I am looking at right now and would loveto get the ones that link together as with the odd shape of my new tank it would be easier to set it up in different sizes. Thanks for the help anyway.
__________________
Punkroc701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 12:55 AM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
jsoong's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 4,222
Actually I am seeing 4 foot T5-HO's in the HD in town (Canada) and Rona (a Canadian big box HD competitor.) The T5HO bulbs are only 3000K's and the price is like $100 per single unit (which is almost as much as the lfs .... so still better to buy on line.)

Anyway, just check the wattage on the bulb, you can tell if that is HO or not.
__________________
80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
jsoong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 01:59 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 141
The bulbs are not what I am looking for just the fixtures. Since I have a wierd shaped tank (picture a superman emblem with the bottom point being in the corner) I am gonna need different lengths since I am looking to do coral and fish. Unless someone has a suggestion as to light size and width (bulbs wide) to use. Thanks in advance to any ideas and suggestions.
__________________
Punkroc701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 11:48 AM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
jsoong's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 4,222
For your odd shape tank, you might need to be really creative to get enough light in .... retrofit kits in a custom canopy is prob the way to go.

T5HO's are your best bet, but I don't know how many 24" (24W) you can squeeze into your foot print. You might have to use some power compacts in the shorter end.

BTW - if you are doing reef, you prob should get an aquarium fixture. Light output of the T5HO's are dependent on the quality & shape of the reflectors. HD fixtures have reflectors meant to spread light throughout a room. In a tank, you want polished aluminum reflectors that directs all the light straight down into the tank. <Although you can gut a spotlight type fixture, get good reflectors & install that in your canopy, it is not cost effective for T5HO's.> I run a FW planted, and my HD job works reasonably well. I don't know enough about reef to say how you can DIY a fixture, esp. when space is tight and you can't put in extra bulbs to compensate for inefficiencies.
__________________
80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
jsoong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 02:19 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 141
JS,

I was thinking of a couple different options now on the lighting. I found a sight that tells you how to rewire a T8 fixture to get more light from it and have had asuggestion to use a metal hilide instead of t5's due to my shape. I am debating the hilides idea now, but adding 50/50 screw in lights so I can still get my blue acentic. 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.

Thanks for the help.
__________________

__________________
Punkroc701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
canopy, diy, t-5

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY Canopy. SirLight1337 DIY Projects 5 06-10-2005 11:38 AM
First DIY Canopy EJS4 DIY Projects 7 05-24-2005 11:33 AM
DIY Canopy Help zacdl DIY Projects 0 04-22-2005 03:45 PM
new diy stand and diy canopy electrikat DIY Projects 2 10-31-2004 12:03 PM
Need help cooling my DIY canopy and DIY lights Electrobes DIY Projects 10 12-12-2003 01:09 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.