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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-07-2003, 11:16 PM
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Well that sounds a bit less daunting. If it's only a drill and screwdriver I just might be able to manage it.

I just got off the phone with Hellolights. The guy I talked to thinks a 13w won't be enough light for growing plants. He recommended their 14" Nano Ballast retrofit kit with a 28w compact flourescent. I put a link to their page below so you can see what he's talking about. Is this a good system? Was he right about 13w not being enough? They also sell a 13" retrofit kit but he kept steering me away from it. The Nano retro-fit includes the ballast, bulb and reflector. He said their 13" kit would be more appropriate for an Eclipse 3.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-07-2003, 11:41 PM
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that is really expensive. you could always buy...

5.5 gallon aquarium - 10 dollars
Glass hood - 10 dollars
Strip light- 15 dollars
2 19 watt HD daylight 6500k bulbs- 15 dollars
FIlter- 10 dollars
Socket- 1 dollar
Extension cord- 1 dollar
Electrical Tape- 50 cents

Great Aquarium Lighting- priceless
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-08-2003, 12:24 PM
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I think I would go with the two 13 watt PC fixtures. You will have to find a place to put the ballast though. I have mine mounted on the back but I am going to mount it in a seperate box to have a switch. On the back it gets too hot. Before mounting though, use that silver tape from home depot. It is a tape with a shiny side to it and that works great as a reflector. Just cut out holes for where you want to mount the PC fixture. Like I said, Scott at Hellolights walked me through my setup.


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