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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2008, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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20 Gallon DIY Canopy/Lighting

Hey guys,

I have been looking around for DIY canopies on here and have gathered a general idea of what i want to do. So I just wanted to let you all know that I will be posting pictures and some DIY info of what I did and what I wanted so that you may get some use out of my project.

My project is to:
-Build a canopy for a 20 gallon tank
-Custom lighting (cheap cheap cheap, you will see what i mean )
-Custom Moon Lighting (Again! Cheap!!! )

Building the Canopy:
All the tools that I am using are hand tools, except for the drill, that is electric. All the other items that I have used so far are hand tools. I started this project tonight and finished the base of the canopy. I am currently waiting for part of this to dry so I can complete the top half of the framing. Once the framing is done all I have to do is run down to Lowes and get some wood for the outside and I'm done! So nice to do a small scale project. In a few months, I will be doing this project on a much larger scale for my 75 gallon tank. I have to wait for the lighting I am buying for that though, going to have 4 t5's running through that baby. This project will only have 2 "energy savings" light bulbs, ya know, the spiral bulbs.

Custom Lighting:
So the lights, I already have but if you were to buy them, each one of these lights is under ten dollars and may be closer to five, i just can remember. The lights are work clamp lights and you can find them at any hardware store, usually with extension cords and such. They have a reflective hood around the lights and they take normal light bulbs, or in my case, energy saving light bulbs. Not sure if I am going to leave the hood on or build a reflector for the two, it would probably be better to have them both under one reflector instead of two.

Custom Moon Lighting:
I can't remember how much these cost but you can buy a 3 pack for about five dollars or so. LED night lights. The reason I like these is because when it is dark they turn on! You do not need any timers or anything extra for these lights. You can just plug them in as is but I want to try messing with a reflector to see what kind of results i will get. I will probably only use one or two reflectors.

This project will be completed fairly quick because there just isn't a whole lot to it. The lighting may take me into next week but I'm assuming all the woodwork will be done by tomorrow, since I am off . If you have any questions please ask, I will post the cost for materials, but some things I already had so ill make a rough estimate . I will not include hardware costs such as nails, glue, or screws. Thanks for checking this out!



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