Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
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 05-19-2016, 05:08 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 20
Suggestions for upgrading hood/lights

I want to upgrade the cheap integrated hood/light combos that came with my aquariums.

My tanks are all small (20g is the biggest), and they're mostly non-standard shapes/sizes, so I'm not going find off-the shelf hoods for most of them. And I have inverts, so I need to replace them with something that doesn't have the openings for the HOB filters at the top. I'll probably just make templates and get glass or plexiglass cut. But what about the lights? I'd like to find something that looks cool enough that I don't have to hide it under a hood, but that's still good for plants and illuminates the tank nicely.

I know lights can get insanely pricey. But does anyone have any web links I should look at? Favorite product lines, or even photos that might give me some ideas about cool ways to set up the lighting?
__________________

__________________
sducky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2016, 06:03 PM   #2
Macro Addict
Community Moderator
 
54seaweed's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,527
you could make a top from light defuser that's what I use on all my tanks ,

few of my friends have planted tanks and have been using the wave point leds and having great growth activity , the light fixtures look like kind of like desk lamp pretty neat
__________________

__________________
Save
54seaweed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2016, 07:08 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 20
Hey, thanks for the quick reply. What do you cut it with to get nice clean edges? I've had to cut that stuff before to go in odd-size grid ceilings, and I could never get the edges to cut cleanly.

Those Wave Points look nice. I'll have to check if any of the LFSs have them in any of their display tanks so I can see what the light looks like. (Actually, one of my nano tanks came with a pretty cool clip-on LED that puts out a lot of light. But it's a really harsh light that doesn't work well for my dwarf shrimp and killies. Hopefully a more high-end one will be better.)
__________________
sducky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2016, 07:15 PM   #4
Macro Addict
Community Moderator
 
54seaweed's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,527
I use wire cutters / dykes cuts a nice neat line
__________________
Save
54seaweed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2016, 07:29 PM   #5
Macro Addict
Community Moderator
 
54seaweed's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,527
they come in several sizes 6in , 12in , 18in , 24in , you can find them on amazon and ebay
for the 12in I payed around 40 for them ,
this is what they look like
__________________
Save
54seaweed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2016, 11:02 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
KingKoopa512's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 764
54seaweed how is that clip on light for growing plants saw one of those at my lfs an was tempted to buy it but was scares to. My nano tanks are planted

Sent from my LG-H634 using Tapatalk
__________________
KingKoopa512 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 05:36 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 10
I have a light like that. Same brand, but a nicer design (in my opinion). I'll post a pic of it later. It grows plants really well; mine is 6500k and has let me grow up to medium light plans no problem, and I've actually had to change my fert dosing schedule because of it. I honestly have no doubt that it could grow high light plants in a nano tank.

Sent from my SM-N910T using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
Mercusso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 04:06 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 10
Sorry the picture quality isn't the best. I like this one because it has a lower profile. It comes in different sizes besides the nine inch, I just don't remember which ones. It's been a really good light so far!

Sent from my SM-N910T using Aquarium Advice mobile app
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1465499056401.jpg
Views:	41
Size:	146.5 KB
ID:	287266   Click image for larger version

Name:	1465499146202.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	148.4 KB
ID:	287267  

__________________

__________________
Mercusso is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hood, light, lights, suggestions, upgrading

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
Hood or no hood? zparticle General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 06-28-2011 11:02 PM
Plastic Hood vs Glass Hood (Lighting) Phoxly Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 7 06-18-2010 04:45 PM
Upgrading 72 in Hamilton MH/PC hood.... nickthapainter Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 03-13-2005 04:24 PM
36" Light fixture + 20" hood + 30" hood + sev Phlegethon Archive 7 07-23-2004 08:11 PM
lights lights lights NJDevilsWinCup Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 04-25-2004 06:32 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:45 AM.


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