So i decided to build a new hood and light fixture for my aquarium, i got 4 60W 6500K CFL's for $8 and the Lamp Sockets at Home Depot for $2.50 each, $20 in lumber, two 1x6x6 shelf boards, a 1x4x6 shelf board, and a 1x2x8 furring strip.
1 got a standard light switch and a shallow 1 bay gang box for $3 and a cheap extension cord to cut up and use as a power cord. it all came out to around $45 after taxes for quite a bit of lighting that can be easily upgraded or downgraded with higher wattage bulbs, i need to re do the positioning of the bulbs and turn them sideways and come up with either a good reflector or paint the inside of the hood white, suggestions on this would be appreciated.
The finished hood, one of my boards was warped so there is a gap on the left side of the lid... either a new board or a latch will correct this.
Picture of one of my neon's under the new light, everything is so clear now!
And after just 4 days i see new growth!
I am starting to see some reality in my goal to have a carpeted tank!
I still need to figure out what ill do for a reflector and what color to stain my hood, i was thinking maybe a satin black.
My lights are about 4.5 inches above the water so they don't get splashed on, does anyone have any idea what par i might have at substrate level? should at least be medium light i would think after i get the reflector set up.