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Hyzer 06-19-2010 08:16 AM

Inexpensive Hanging T5HO
 
Thought I would post today's project. I am not sure if it belongs in the DIY section considering I did not put much effort in to construction. It is however fairly cheap (less than $45 total) and incredibly functional.

I visited a local hydroponics shop a couple weeks ago. While checking out different colorful and over-priced (compared to dry) fertilizers, I found this this 24" T5HO fixture:
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1669.jpg

It was $35.99 for the light strip, a 6400k 24w bulb, polished reflector, and mounting hardware. The wheels started spinning.

I told the owner of the shop I am interested in aquariums and was thinking about mounting one of these above my 29g. He said he might have just the thing for me and went to the back. He returned with two angle pieces I believe are used for shelving. Apparently he was just going to throw them out because he said I could just take them. This Hydrofarm vendor's generosity is one of the reasons I have yet to remove the stickers from the front of the reflector. Check out Green Gopher Garden Supply if you are in the Monterey area.
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1673.jpg

I drilled holes at the ends for the eye bolts then spray painted these bad boys, along with my deck.:hihi:
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1677.jpg

I went to the hardware store and picked up eye bolts, washers, lock nuts, wire and fasteners, anchors, and screws. After some measurements, I drilled the holes and put in the anchors.
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1674.jpg

After assembly and mounting, I ended up with this:
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1687.jpg

The best part about this lighting setup is how simple it is to adjust the height. I am still trying for no co2 injection, so I may want to raise it up further. I will hit up the lighting section for advice.

It was a fun little project for my day off. Here are the results:
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1688.jpg
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1681.jpg

Hyzer 06-19-2010 08:39 AM

Yet another search button win:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...5ho-light.html

Thanks Hoppy!

kaldurak 06-21-2010 03:07 PM

hey hey! that's the same light I am running over my 16 gallon. I am extremely pleased with it so far.

Catherine 06-21-2010 09:26 PM

Would it be a really bad idea to gut the standard fixtures that come with tanks and retro fit them with one of these kits? I worry about the heat, but I've never owned a t-5 fixture.

DarkCobra 06-21-2010 11:36 PM

Easy + cheap + effective = awesome!

The two wood strips could be replaced with a board spanning both brackets, which would give you a shelf. I'm always looking for ways to make more storage space. :hihi:

hydrophyte 06-22-2010 12:03 AM

These hydroponics lights are a great option. Nice post!

Minsc 06-22-2010 01:07 AM

That is a great price! the reflector looks especially nice.

Hyzer 06-22-2010 02:09 AM

Quote:

Would it be a really bad idea to gut the standard fixtures that come with tanks and retro fit them with one of these kits? I worry about the heat, but I've never owned a t-5 fixture.
Welcome Catherine!

It does not really matter which type of fixture you hang. What does matter is that you mount it securely.

I hung this one mainly to reduce light intensity because the bulb is a T5HO. You would most likely not need to hang a stock hood because they are T8s, which have a much lower light output.

The fixture barely gets warm. A hanging fixture would be much better at temperature reduction than one directly on top of the tank.

Quote:

The two wood strips could be replaced with a board spanning both brackets, which would give you a shelf. I'm always looking for ways to make more storage space.
It's always nice to have more storage but we like the bare look. Plus, I didn't go heavy duty on the anchors because the whole setup couldn't weigh more than a few pounds.

Thanks!

msnikkistar 06-22-2010 02:16 PM

I am going to have to try this out...

Since I live in the "Emerald Triangle", I have a laundry list of hydroponic stores in my area.

RipariumGuy 06-22-2010 03:39 PM

Glad you found out about these! Ripariumnists have been using them seccesfully for a while, and they are AWESOME! Nice job hanging it BTW!

Crispino L Ramos 06-22-2010 08:36 PM

How do you make sure that the light will be hanging in the right position in relation to the tank? I'm afraid to drill holes in the ceiling and find out that the light hangs a little bit off from the middle of the tank.

msnikkistar 06-22-2010 08:48 PM

I think doing it in the wall is a little less difficult then the ceiling.

What I would do myself is hang a string with some weight on the bottom to the edges of the tank. Make a small mark on the ceiling where this is. Then mark the middle of that measurement Then measure from the wall to where ever the hole in the light fixture for the cable or chain is, and measure that from the ceiling. Last step for me when then be finding out where the whole is from the side of the tank. Mark that on the ceiling, and find the meeting points and mark. That's just me though.

WeedCali 06-22-2010 10:07 PM

Thats an awesome DIY man!

Now put a black background on that tank and watch it shine :icon_twis:hihi:

btw... in case you didnt notice, I like black backgrounds
:tongue:

Hyzer 06-23-2010 12:31 AM

Quote:

How do you make sure that the light will be hanging in the right position in relation to the tank? I'm afraid to drill holes in the ceiling and find out that the light hangs a little bit off from the middle of the tank.
I found my tape measure, an old level, and a pencil did the job quite well. I ended up marking the wall up a few times to get it just right and level.

If you are mounting it on the ceiling, Nikki's idea is probably the simplest.

xmas_one 07-09-2010 05:05 AM

Thumbs up! I like it!


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