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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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how to build a dual T8 light fixure

I'm trying to provide medium light for my tank because i have low light please help!!!!!!!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 10:10 PM
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ummmm, what length are you thinking? Because you can get ready made 4' long garage / shop lights fairly inexpensively.
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24 inches.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 10:23 PM
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I would go for a DIY CFL fixture instead of T5's or T8. They are easy to do, cheaper than doing a T8 setup and bulbs are way cheaper as well. I have 3x13w CFL bulbs over my 20gal, and plant growth has exploded compared to what it was before.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 10:28 PM
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I also depends on the depth of the tank, whether 2 x t-8's would be medium light or not:

PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - New Chart

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Home Depot now has 48 inch long, 2 bulb T5HO strip lights (no reflectors), and might also have it in a 24 inch length. That would be perfect for many DIY lights.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 11:40 PM
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You might read these threads before purchasing:

diwu13's Twin 10G Shrimp Tanks (picture heavy)

ADA MINI S(hrimp)

Then just do a search using the internal engine for "CFL" without the quotes to get more.

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