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Work In Progress 03-13-2003 04:10 PM

Well I am sure this won't be interesting to anyone, but me, but thought I would post it anyway. :hehe:
I was browsing one of the local Tell N Sell papers (classifieds w/ misc. merchandise, autos etc.) and I happened upon an add for some lighting. Apparently the guy has 48", 4 bulb, fluorescent light fixtures (say that 4x's fast). So anyway, he only wants $6.00 a fixture and supposedly they work! He is about an hour away, in a neighboring town, so figured I would ride up there tomorrow or Sat.
Can't help but repeating the "Too good to be true" saying, to myself.
So we shall see.
So if I did get one, that would give me 160 watts over my 55g. Is that a good thing? I know it's better than what I have now.
Only draw back is I will have to make a DIY canopy for them before I could use them. I am so DIY impaired! :roll:

All thought appreciated....
Kelly

geekgirl 03-13-2003 05:37 PM

I've thought about using these too. I think they're meant to be hard-wired, but it shouldn't be too difficult to put a switch on it. Sounds like it could be a good thing, but for an hour drive? Kinda risky.

Are you going to mount the light in a canopy? If this is what I think it is, you probably can't just set it on top of the tank.

my $.02
Stacey

GulfCoastAquarian 03-13-2003 05:52 PM

I've used those industrial four bulb fixtures before. I had one on my 55g reef. It overhung the edge front to back by a little bit but it fit just about perfectly. I hung it from the ceiling at first but eventually mounted it into a canopy. It comes with cheapo magnetic ballasts, but they work. Go with Gro-Lux bulbs from Lowe's and your plants will be very happy.

Just make sure and ask him to plug it in and test it in front of you before you walk out.

Work In Progress 03-13-2003 05:56 PM

yeah my hubby's dad actually lives in that town and we were going there anyway, otherwise I wouldn't be driving that far on a chance that they MIGHT work.
Kelly

jart 03-13-2003 09:32 PM

at that price i'd assume they are used. so they may need a bit of spray paint. at that price it's no doubt worth the gamble. a lot of businesses nowadays make a living going into sites that are about to be demolished and cart out as much usable stuff that they can, and then sell it at a discount. i've gone that route for lighting before, especially just to buy the fluorescent fixtues themselves (ie no ballasts, bulbs). you can use these fixtures to house your ballasts in your stand (once you lift 4 ballasts, you'll understand why you might want to avoid having them in your hood).

a diy hood to house the fixtures isn't really that hard to build. i should have my step by step pics posted in the next day or 2. my design is pretty simple, and the old tried and true piano hinge method is perhaps easier. it all depends on how refined you want the end product to be. have you thought at all about a design? what tools does your lesser half own?

Buck 03-13-2003 11:03 PM

That fixture will throw plenty of light for ya Kelly...
Now repeat after me... CO2 , CO2... :lol:

Then you beeee stylin gal !
Your plants will wink at ya when you walk up to your tank... :wink:

Buck 8)

Work In Progress 03-14-2003 01:46 AM

Quote:

Now repeat after me... CO2 , CO2...
Ok this may sound silly, but I am still the biggest chicken about the DIY CO2.
I dunno why :oops:
Once I tackle the lighting, I will know I can do anything, as long as I don't fry myself :lol:
Oh well, I will just keep repeating, "I know I can, I know I can...."

Kelly

PlantumOfTheOpera 03-14-2003 02:39 PM

Kelly,


RE light fixture...

FWIW, I use an "industrial" 4 bulb fixture on my 55g. The advantages were clear: the price was very competative [ particularly when purchased new], and the ballasts are [ in general ] beefier. The disadvantages are they can look "industrial", and it may have to be wired, but wiring is very simple.

Make sure to test them before you buy.

I am constructing a canopy for my light and fixture, I will follow up with details at a later time.

POO.

STAT 007 03-15-2003 06:46 AM

Forget DIY CO2, Kelly. Go with high-pressure CO2. It really isn't as daunting as it probably seems at first. All you really need is:

CO2 tank (rent or buy, it's easy to do either)
Regulator (http://cgi.no ebay links allowedcom/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2515106547)
Needle Valve (http://www.clippard.com/store/displa...sp?sku=MNV-4K2)
Reactor (http://www.floridadriftwood.com/prod...17&1=253&3=147)

With those four main things, you'll be set to go and once you've made the initial investment, it'll only cost a few bucks to refill the tank. :D

SNPiccolo5 03-15-2003 02:46 PM

Agreed, unless you have some sort of nack for knowing when yeast thrives, go pressurized if you can afford the initial investment! It will make your like sooooooo much more easier you will thank yourself!

-Tim

STAT 007 03-15-2003 07:42 PM

I gave up on DIY yeast CO2 after screwing with the airstone that the CO2 was coming out of for about 30 minutes, trying to get it positioned just right so that the bubbles would be sucked up into my filter intake. That just frustrated me to no end and got me looking for easier options. I mean, there are all kinds of other hassles with DIY yeast CO2, but that was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. LOL.

Work In Progress 03-16-2003 05:10 PM

Well the trip in search of the lighting is off. The weather is too sucky and after staying up half the night watching movies, I just don't feel like going.
But on another note.........last night in Walmart I noticed that they have started carrying a cheap $44.95 hood for the 55g tank. Also after scoping out the lights, I noticed they have the same shoplight fixture that home depot had for $17.95 only theirs is $6.95.
So I might just grab the canopy and try to rig a couple of the lights to it.
On the down side, the canopy is a two door fixture and I am not sure how I would rig it to work with 48" lighting. I would prolly have to do some cutting glueing and etc...
Dunno still undecided......ya know how that goes.
Now I am off to the Flea Market to see if it's my lucky day :D

Kelly


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