Sorry to hear about your light. I have mine on 9hrs/day so I guess they must be different.
Yea, my transformer was a lot different to yours, and the bracket inside was fixed to the case.
I guess maybe it's something to do with us running at 240v rather than 110v. Maybe that is why it runs hotter. It really exploded! Made me jump out of my skin! I've just wired a 15w e27 cfl in there now, but it doesn't look as sweet as it did with your mod.
The water is finally crystal clear! It's like a whole new tank without the haze that's plagued my tank since the start. I dropped my White Cloud off at the local pet store because he started harassing the Rummynose. Other than that, everyone is doing well. I've also introduced five Assassin Snails just because I think they're cool. I don't have any snails to feed them but they seem to enjoy blood worms and one of them ate a leaf that broke off and was floating at the top.
I've removed all the stem plants keeping just one H. Polysperma in case I have a change of heart. Trimming them every week was getting old fast!
Cool angled shots
Close-up on one of the Assassin Snails:
The S. Repens and B. Japonica seem to be doing well. Right side:
I added some Fissidens Fontanus to the lace rocks. Left side:
Not sure what I'm doing with the Subwassertang in the back but it seems to be acclimated and slowly growing now so I don't want to pull it out. Side view:
Finally got around to mixing up some Fertilizer solutions for quick & easy dosing: