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Old 08-22-2013, 09:51 PM   #11
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Did you find a starter yet
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #12
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I have not. I'm going out to home depot tomorrow.
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Ok I hope it works for ya
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #14
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A new starter worked. I also got a new bulb.
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Yeah I helped someone. That good I'm glad it worked
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #16
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That's pretty cool. So often it turns out to be the ballast that is not working and they can cost quite a bit to replace, depending which one is needed, and that assumes you can even find the right ballast. I had a hood that came with a used hex tank, hadn't ever worked, which I knew.

New in the box this tank would have been at least $75., and it cost me $15, which was more than fair, I thought. Then another ten bucks to fix the hood, and it's a really nice little tank. Worth the effort, and a good learning experience fixing the hood so it would work.

The issue with it was the ballast. It had an odd type of ballast that I could not find a replacement for, so I ended up having to pull the ballast out & rewire the fixture. Luckily, lots of room where the ballast had been to fit in the sockets I used in place of the original tube it cam with.

I put in one double ended socket that allows me to use a pair of spiral flourescent bulbs that are self ballasted, which pretty much turn it into a fairly high light tank that grows almost anything I want to put in it.

It works really, really well now it's been repaired. I used a lot of silicone to seal as much of the socket as possible. Even though they are covered by a lens, I figured better safe than sorry.
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