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post #16 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-31-2011, 07:19 PM
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Hi Matt,

Finally, you got this thread started.
Great job!

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I have these clip on light setup on the majority of my tanks. Very cheap but strong light. I usually just clip the lights on to the back rim of the tank with some of the clip below the water surface.


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Cool to hear other people have been using this with success. I removed the clamps since they wouldn't hold the light at the right angle for me. For now they sit on my versa tops until I get the Ada style light bar up above this tank. Than I'll suspend them from that and maybe go topless


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I was thinking of buying another fixture in my small tank to supplement an existing one for a highlight setup. Until I found this on your SnS thread.

I just save $30!
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Here are a few options.

This looks very interesting, but I'm not sure where to buy it:

http://www.global-b2b-network.com/b2...lamp_lamp.html

This is probably a bit overpriced, but might be good:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=6186

This looks great, but I don't think it will handle the heavier Home Depot PAR38 bulbs:

http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/inde...owtopic=271939

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Regarding the controller- check out my thread about using a different irrigation controller that allows up to 8 zones active at a time, network scheduling, ect. Really awesome find
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...ontroller.html
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You are right, I saw that thread, but didn't make the connection.

Going to post some comments there.
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Some interesting links- a bit more visually appealing than the domes I use, but I think I kind of like it

Wasserpest- sounds good, looking forward to some input!


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I just added a fourth shop light above my 30 gallon tank- looks much better, less of a spot light effect. I still for some reason don't mind the look of the domes on top, kind of an industrial look. I still cant wait to get a bar to hang these on though as it's a pain to take them all off the cover when I want to open it up... Anyone else want to post some pictures of this set-up? I'd love to see what other ideas are floating around here.

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Here is my version of it for my 29G. Most of the wood/hardware I already had so it has been very inexpensive. It is setup for 3 lights but I only have two in it now. I have wired the two lights into one plug that will go into a timer.



I drilled holes into a piece of plywood. I had to chisel the plywood to make it thinner so that the shades could fit. The plywood fills the space that the clamp usually attaches to the light. Each light has a little ridge that won't fit through the hole so that is how they won't fall through.



Attached to the plywood is 3" wide pine boards to make it look nicer. I would suggest going with at least 4" boards since you can see the wire sticking out the top of the light.

I then used chain that I bought at Home Depot to hang it from the ceiling. I have some S-hooks in the middle so that it is easy to raise and lower the lights.
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Never noticed your reply- Looks like a good simple way to hang them!
I have had great success with the addition of a fourth 19w 5000K cfl over my 30g

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I would like to see a post like this about fertilization : )im buying these lights tomorrow : )
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Zoo Med Deep Dome Lamps

http://preview.tinyurl.com/7p3tsoc

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Zoo Med Deep Dome Lamps

http://preview.tinyurl.com/7p3tsoc

Looks really nice.

What did you use to hang the light fixture? What type of bulbs are you using?
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Good looking tanks.

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Moose- every time I see that tank I drool... I really like the matching black domes and the trim...
Here's some recent shots of mine:


Looking back, I wish I had taken the clamp off the far left light before taking pictures! I screw it back on when I am doing work in the tank, that way I can hook it on to the end and see what I'm doing.

And a nice shot before the big trim, showing the domes:


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