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03-25-2015 01:18 PM
Stelt Here is my $12 setup. Seems to be working pretty well! Only my 3rd week, but growth is amazing. I have 13w 6500K Walmart specials:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-...ype=10&veh=aff
03-20-2015 12:01 PM
hitmanx I'm not sure if I have shared this tank here yet but this 15 gallon column is illuminated by a 23w CFL in a 10.5" brooder dome... non co2, top off only...


15 gallon column by nbtobey, on Flickr

Mainly hygrophila angustifolia with a bed of crypts...


15 gallon column by nbtobey, on Flickr
03-08-2015 10:21 PM
AGUILAR3 I think polish would ruin the patina on these lamps. There were 7-8 more but I only picked up these 4
03-08-2015 10:11 PM
burr740 Oooh those are cool. Definitely copper, most likely copper clad unless the metal is very soft. They would polish up nicely with some Brasso. That dull weathered greenish look is also desirable though.
03-08-2015 07:47 PM
AGUILAR3 Interesting find today. Copper maybe?


02-26-2015 07:36 PM
warhead_71 On my 55gal, I'm using four of the IKEA FOTO 10" pendant lamps... available in several colors. Running 23W 6500K CFLs and the plants seem happy.

These are old pics, I have a bunch of Ocelot Swords, Chain Sword, Ludwigia, Rotala Indica, Cabomba, Jungle Val... everything is growing very well and the Wisteria is out of control.



02-08-2015 04:17 PM
AGUILAR3
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That is one sexy dome, AGUILAR! What are it's dimensions and what watt bulb is in it?

Great looking stand too.
Thanks

It's a 15" dome I found at work. It was on a pallet with some old metal halide lamps. The mounting hole was big enough to where I was able to removed my 8" brooder lamp dome(13w cfl), slipped on the monster dome then screwed the brooder dome back on so it's basically resting on the 8" dome. It was done for sh!t$ n giggles

The stand is made from an old pallet I got from work. I cut it down to size, added legs, bottom bracing then stained it.

The light hanger is also DIY. Found some conduit pipe at work, borrowed the pipe bender and winged it on the dimensions. Brought it home and surprisingly, it fit.
02-08-2015 12:51 PM
BulletToothBoris Very cool. Thanks.
02-07-2015 09:41 PM
Xiaozhuang Decided to add my lot of nanos to this thread; all using 24w CFLs, 2700k/6500k at varying heights from the tank... All low tech nanos with dirted substrate







Still growing in...
02-07-2015 12:37 AM
burr740 That is one sexy dome, AGUILAR! What are it's dimensions and what watt bulb is in it?

Great looking stand too.
02-06-2015 10:43 PM
AGUILAR3 Just sayin..




02-04-2015 11:50 PM
TankFreak420 Sorry if this question was answered but I didn't read the 18 pages of info. Has anyone tried these on a large tank say 120g? I was originally going to do 6 23W CFL's but cutting cost a time by using some 4' T8s I have kicking around. What one would be better? This 120g is 26" tall.
02-04-2015 11:25 PM
grail63 I bought 2 of the smaller 6" domes for my 20gallon Long dirted low tech tank. I plan on using the 13watt 6500k CFL bulbs. Would this be sufficient for low to medium light plants or should I look to add a 3rd dome?
01-29-2015 02:47 AM
AEWHistory Wow, great minds think alike! When I got back into the hobby in 2008 I got myself a slew of 5&10 G tanks as well as some large plastic containers to grow stuff out and experiment. I needed lots of lighting and this was one of the first things I experimented with. Worked like a charm. In fact, in some containers it worked a little too well and I ended up with a veritable jungle of plants competing for resources. That what I got for trying to do way too much too soon..... I'm glad to see others have latched onto this idea--at the time I didn't even realize it was a new idea in any way.
01-28-2015 08:20 PM
pinchez I'd like to do something like this with my tank (55G 39L x 16W x 22H) which I'm converting to a Amazon Biotope with Frogbit and possibly sword but no other plants. What kind of bulb should I get LED or CFL? I do like the shimmer of LED but I'm a bit lost! I basically want enough light for my Frogbit to thrive and the colours in my fish to stand out. Can someone kindly advise on what I need and how many bulbs and shades I'd need?

Thanks
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