hello all, bear with me, this'll be a long post...
my diy hood is somewhat near completion. it's not wired or painted yet. however i thought it might be reasonable to post some pics here to give some of you who may be in the planning stages some different ideas. i know from experience that it is very frustrating to think that you are limited to a certain design, then do all the running around to track down the necessary equipment, and then someone posts something a few days later that makes you change your plan (and thus, the cycle repeats itself).
for starters, you'll see from my pics that, due to the design of my tank (i think the guy i bought it from a few years ago may have made it himself), i had to break from the usual canopy design. look at the pics: the piece of glass that rests on the front of the tank has to be taken into consideration. the piece of glass makes it difficult to make a design that allows for easy tank maintenance.
that's where the drawer slides come in handy. as you can see from the pics, these allow the lights to be slid back and forth, allowing me access to the tank (for replanting, etc) from the front or the back.
as i said, some of you may be interested in a step by step description. i have to take it apart to glue and paint it, but i thought some of you would find it worthwhile to see the pics now. in case someone out there has some time on their hands and would like to do such a project in the immediate future ie faster than the step by step will appear (i'll be a little busy this weekend), send me a private message and i'll try to steer you in the right direction.