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post #46 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 08:41 AM
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It was DIY. I bought a Marina 10 gallon way back but found out the top was rimless. So, I took the hood apart and took out the actual lighting from the plastic. I then took my old stock light housing from my 29 gallon, cut it down to size and the plastic welded it back together. It was originally for my 10 gallon but happened to fit my 5 gallon perfectly about a year after I tore my other tank down.


It wouldn't be a hard DIY. You just need to make a light fixture with 2 incandescent sockets. You could either find a 10 gallon hook and use that (and may not have to do any wiring), or get the parts from home depot or similar. Then make a housing for it out of wood or plastic, whatever you want.

But yeah, it was just repurposing things I had.

And the mesh top is a "critter cage" top you can get at Petco. I needed it as I had a Dwarf African Frog and they have a tendency to jump out.
I'm starting a five gallon nano similar to this tank and like the idea of the mesh top (It's for a betta). My biggest question though is your light fixture. Looking online, everything lighting wise for a 5 gallon with a top seems to be non-existent (most are rimless with light stands) and I would very much like to use incandescent bulbs for my tank and not a strip. Could you take a few photos of the outside and inside of the fixture so I can get an idea of what I need to do to attempt that DIY? Thanks!

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I'm starting a five gallon nano similar to this tank and like the idea of the mesh top (It's for a betta). My biggest question though is your light fixture. Looking online, everything lighting wise for a 5 gallon with a top seems to be non-existent (most are rimless with light stands) and I would very much like to use incandescent bulbs for my tank and not a strip. Could you take a few photos of the outside and inside of the fixture so I can get an idea of what I need to do to attempt that DIY? Thanks!

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Here are some pics. Sorry for the delay.




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Also, I took a new pic. For some reason, I just can't get it to look right. Looks better in person, only have a point and shoot camera.

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You take a lot better pics than I do....

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Here is a little update. I had to use and editor to sharpen it as my lens is scratched an my camera does not focus well.

If you haven't caught it, this is my girlfriends tank. We don't live together (yet) and I haven't been by as much as normal and because of some life changes, the little maintenance I do has been neglected. I usually dose excel 3x per week (not usually every other day though) but it's been about 2 weeks since the last dose. I usually do a water change every 2 weeks but it's been about a month. It still hasn't recovered from my last trim fully which was 2 weeks ago.

I can't really complain but some of the plants have a bit of a yellow tinge to them. The stargrass isn't doing well right now but it's one of the plants that should be easy but often suffers only to come back really strong for me. I don't know why that plant is challenging to me. That said, I don't believe I have cleaned the inside of the glass in over 2 months, only the outside. Hopefully it turns around pretty quick.

Lastly, I think it's time to replace my bulbs. These are atleast 1.5 years old at this point. I still am getting good color for the most part but it could be better and growth seems to have slowed down.

Best pic I could get off my camera:
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That's a beautiful tank and nice pics.
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That's a beautiful tank and nice pics.
Thank you. The pics in the last 2 updates are doctored, as said. I don't like doctoring photos as I have purchased plants because of brilliant pinks and purples, only to find later that the plants were really just red and the photos were doctored. I will say the color is accurate to my tank though.

I appreciate the words. This tank is really fun/easy but has a lot of presence for its size in the house. We have another 20 long but even at it's best, it hasn't had nearly as much interest from friends/visitors.
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