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post #106 of 287 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 10:19 PM
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I'm liking the stand, would you be willing to explain how you made it, materials, etc?
My dad helped me build the stand, it's from some leftover aluminum beams we had lying around in our basement. The beams are "U" shaped, similar to this:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-al...annels/=fzriit

A handheld drill and some screws later, and voile, an aluminum stand.
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post #107 of 287 (permalink) Old 01-28-2012, 08:07 PM
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My dad helped me build the stand, it's from some leftover aluminum beams we had lying around in our basement. The beams are "U" shaped, similar to this:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-al...annels/=fzriit

A handheld drill and some screws later, and voile, an aluminum stand.


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is there any overheating problems with the cfl bulbs with the work light clamp fixtures?
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I was at Lowes on Erie yesterday picking up houseplants and checking out the cfl's. I picked up 1 13w 6500 just to test it and see what it covered. I have it on top of my glass canopy in the cheap 5.5" clamp hood at 1 end. From what it's doing, I' m thinking 2 of the 20w cfl in the nice zoo med deep hoods on my canopy. I know that's gonna give me some dark area's, but I kinda liked the shading in some spots. Do you think that's enough for a 30g low tech tank? I don't want to get involved with c02, but I don't mind dosing with excel.

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is there any overheating problems with the cfl bulbs with the work light clamp fixtures?
absolutely not.
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I have 3 23 watt in HD shop lights, 12" I think.. I wish I had gotten the smaller ones as the spread is too much.. Also I am lighting a 46bf and with the bulb 19" above the surface my light is too low in my opinion( in the lower 20's). I am considering either 40's or even the 55s. The 40's will need to stay within 1 inch of the top, but I can raise the 55's up about 4 inches.. Have to decide which way I want to go. Oh, the 55's are a bit long so the 12 inch reflectors I think work well here cause they are deep. But I may have to look at the reflectors Moose uses as they are deep also.
If you look up BatteriesPlus you will find they carry quite a few 6700k lamps right on up to 55 watts.. they are new items for them so some stores don't carry them yet, but I found one in my area that has them all.

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So I changed my lights from 2x 23W 6500K to 2x 13W 6500K that is 18" over my 20H and my algae has gone away. My plants are also growing just as well with the 13W, if not, better. Having 46W was sustaining the algae a bit too much.
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So I changed my lights from 2x 23W 6500K to 2x 13W 6500K that is 18" over my 20H and my algae has gone away. My plants are also growing just as well with the 13W, if not, better. Having 46W was sustaining the algae a bit too much.
HAHA whoops! I have a 23W over a 2.5 gallon tank! maaaaybe I should downsize... Lots o' diatoms...
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post #114 of 287 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 06:24 PM
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I love the shoplight/ CFL approach. I use them on my 40 gallon. I built an adjustable stand to hang mine on.
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Just set up my shrimp only 10g planted tank and used 2 14w 5000K CFL's in clamp on desk lamps. I think it looks pretty good, once I find a decent stand I will rig up the lights a bit more secure with something for them to clamp onto behind the tank.



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post #116 of 287 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 09:03 PM
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That looks awesome! Please take some pix of how you fasten them when you do. Also the 3rd url doesn't work Matt. This one:

http://www.mattsfishstore.radder.org...My_Photos.html

Aight - tally-ho!
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Just set up my shrimp only 10g planted tank and used 2 14w 5000K CFL's in clamp on desk lamps. I think it looks pretty good, once I find a decent stand I will rig up the lights a bit more secure with something for them to clamp onto behind the tank.



More pictures the other tank, and one more of this one here
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YES! Can you take a picture of the back of those lamps on the 10'. Where did you get them and how do they fit on the tank's back. How the heat?
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I do the exact same thing over all my nano tanks. I just use a single shop light though, but it works great.

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Sorry guys I'll get you more pics asap. For now here's the right link:
http://www.mattsfishstore.radder.org...re/Photos.html
Sorry I did somesite work and changed things without editing this post!


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post #120 of 287 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 02:38 PM
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Those adjustable lighting hooks might be good for hanging the lights. They come in pairs for about 10 bucks, which is definitely worth it. They allow you to easily raise and lower the lights on your tank.
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