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10-14-2015 07:12 PM
majorwoo Well, I moved and I ended up not liking the offer I got and decided I really didn't want to get rid of my tank anyway. The wife isn't happy, but it's here!
I lost a lot of my plants as I haven't been dosing EI or keeping my CO2 tank up. So it's time to get that fixed!
08-14-2013 11:47 PM
majorwoo Playing around with the panoramic mode on my camera.

I just bumped up my lighting, but I didn't notice my C02 tank was empty - I think that's' why my bubble counter was bone dry one day a week or two ago, and I didn't notice it. Woops.
08-01-2013 06:56 PM
majorwoo I think I will try some whites, sounds good.
08-01-2013 06:15 PM
jbrady33 Here is my homemade white moonlights, they are just 2 LED nightlights - a little brighter would be better but it was the best I had access too


Pic: (long 10 second exposure, not this bright in person)

my amateur build, would love to redo someday:
08-01-2013 06:07 PM
Originally Posted by majorwoo View Post
Today's project - moonlighting. Just a 16' rope LED mounted to a piece of scrap wood. I may change it out, as I wanted a bit more of the streaking look as opposed to the blue glow I have now.

Try white ones - it is all personal preference but I like a dim white moonlight rather than the artificial blue glow (look at the moon at night, it is clean bright white, not neon sign blue )
08-01-2013 01:10 PM
majorwoo I've just replaced all my 13=60 watt CFL bulbs with 23=100 watt CFL's. I felt like i wasn't getting the light I needed for my pressurized CO2 setup so I've decided to up it and see.
06-22-2013 12:24 AM
majorwoo Now I am in trouble Someone went and sold me a regulator for a good price and a few days later...

Milwaukee 957 + DIY Rex Reactor plumbed into my XP4
05-24-2013 07:02 PM
EngineChauffer That driftwood is insane! Very nice piece! Great job on the reinforcing of the floor and building the hood also. Coming along nicely man, lookin good! I actually like the glow from the moonlight, never thought about rope lighting in a full hood...very ingenious. I am sure you could find an in-line dimmer and set it where you prefer if you would want...just a matter of finding or modifying something to work. In fact, you could prob buy a cool white ropelight to add to it and have a dimmer on that also and mix the blue/white to where you want it. Thats basically what I have done with my moonlights.
05-24-2013 06:18 PM
majorwoo Got my driftwood in, tied some java moss to it. Really happy with it right now.

05-24-2013 05:54 PM
majorwoo Current stock:

3 clown loaches
3 yoyo loaches
1 loach that was supposed to be a yoyo, but might be a kubotai
2 featherfin
2 rainbow shark
5 unknown tetras
6 neon tetra
10 adult mollies and maybe 7 fairly neon sized ones that have grown up
1 betta

Mainly a community tank. I like the loaches, and my girls like watching the molly babies.
I might pick up a few more of the loaches once I get through the Ich I'm fighting right now. I would of preferred a pair of angels, but they would probably snack on the neon's and the baby mollies so they are a no go.
05-24-2013 04:22 PM
tomfromstlouis I have two canisters on my 6' tank too. I think the flow is a good idea plus it simplifies things when one canister gets cleaned (just rinse under a faucet) or is not working . I spray one across the top and angle the other towards the center of the substrate.

Have you told us what you plan on keeping in there?
05-24-2013 01:08 PM
I will say this, a single XP4 is >>>>>> louder then my Eheim 2217. In complete fairness, I haven't enclosed the bottom cabinet yet, but I suspect that won't be enough to make up for it.

I would suggest in the bottom cabinet if this is staill an issue
05-24-2013 02:53 AM
majorwoo Picked up a piece of Mopani wood. If it works the way I want, it will stand in the back of the tank nearly 22" tall. I'm really excited. Soaking it in the tub with some dechlorinator.

05-20-2013 01:18 AM
majorwoo Today's project - moonlighting. Just a 16' rope LED mounted to a piece of scrap wood. I may change it out, as I wanted a bit more of the streaking look as opposed to the blue glow I have now.

05-13-2013 01:10 AM
majorwoo Yeah, the lighting is DIY. Specifically, I used 5.5" clamp on's from Home Depot.
And I use the 6500k CFL's from Lowes (home depot doesn't carry them here)

If you wanted to go with the 100 watt CFL's ( you may want to get the larger light housing ( as the 100 watt's wont fit in the 5.5's. If I was buying it myself I would do that this time around, but I don't know if I'll need the 100 watt CFL's (they are slightly larger).

The bulbs themselves work great, I used them on my other tank:
when I actually converted the T8 hood to be a 4x CFL, but since I had to build my own canopy this time I decided I would just use the hoods as a vertical mounted CFL gives a lot more light then a horizontally mounted one according to some research by the guys here ( check out post #21 by i4x4nMore and some more work by Hoppy here

I spent some time on my canopy this morning while the girls slept in, and I've got it to a pretty decent state. The original lights on top of the tank:

So I built a frame out of 1"x2" pine to keep it light.

I then boxed in the frame with 5mil plywood project panels from Lowes. I painted the outside black to match the stand:

And the inside I painted white with Killz for a little reflective properties, and to help with mold/mildew as I've read it's decent at that. I built the front panel on a hinge to give me easy access. I did make a mistake on the hinge placement, so that the panel won't lay flat on top of the tank when opened completely - I will have to score off a sliver along the top edge as the front panel when it folds up will hit the top panel - once I score that off it should allow it to swing all the way to rest on the top.

I still need to consider if I'll add any trim around the edges (corner molding perhaps) - and I want to add some magnetic cabinet hardware to keep the panel tucked in tight when it's closed.

As the original stand was just a 2x4 skeleton, I took a piece of the plywood and made a panel for the bottom as well.

The knobs unscrew to allow the entire panel to be removed to access filters and storage.
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