Here are some older pics I took during the setup process. I have more I'll post later.
This is the old stand I got on Craigslist 4 years ago. In this picture I have removed the hardware and doors for sanding.
Stand after sanding with 220 grit.
After the first coat of stain black. I had to sand a drip on the right and respray.
This is the light I'm using on my tank. It is an Aqueon Triple Tube T8. I returned the Hagen Glo (2xT5HO) for a few reasons:
- 2xT5HO was too much light for a non-CO2 tank
- Didn't want to hang the light above the tank to reduce PAR
- T8 bulbs are cheap at Lowes/Home Depot
Here's a shot of the reflector. A single non-parabolic polished reflector. Nothing fancy. I actually love the simplicity of this light. I ran it side by side with the 2xT5HO. Visually, I would say its just as bright but less focused light. I would say it's somewhere between a single T5HO and a dual T5HO in terms of PAR, but I don't have a meter so that's just a guess.
This is why I bought this light. Cheap bulbs. I can by T8s at Lowes or Home Depot for $3.50. Beat that. I will replace one bulb every 4 months. This means at any given time the average bulb age is 4 to 8 months. Here is the current setup:
- Philips 5000K
- Aqueon 8000K
- Phillips 6500K
Have I mentioned I love this old-school light?
Here is my old 29 gallon that I'm using for filtering and aging water. The Fluvals are being leak checked in this picture. The 405 is now on the 55 gallon. I might stop aging the water... I just dont trust the water around here. When I first moved to Melbourne, FL a few years ago I lost all my fish. They use treated lake water here. In Gainesville, FL we had water from aquifers that I had no problems with... I probably don't need this step because I use Prime, but I'm still worried.
Anyway... I have more pictures of the tank setup somewhere else that I will post later.