quick ODNO question.
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Lighting


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-23-2003, 11:47 PM   #1
chinaboy1021
Planted Member
 
chinaboy1021's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2003
Location: toronto
Posts: 283
Default

im going to try ODNO my 10 gallon. i've read the first few pages of the sticky and my eyes are starting to hurt and get blury.

after all that reading, im still confused about something.

the basic concept is to get a ballast that drives 2 bulbs. so you got like 2 sets of wires there. like normally you connect each set to 1 end cap. but for ODNO, you connect both sets to 1 pair of end caps, so there's more output to them therefore through the tube?

is there a ballast that can orgianlly drive 4 bulbs? that i can use to overdrive my 2 bulbs over my 10g? also what wattage ballast do i buy? what happens if i buy a 30 watt ballast and connect them to end caps and hook up a 15 bulb?

thanks
chinaboy1021 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-24-2003, 12:00 AM   #2
Wasserpest
Are these real?
 
Wasserpest's Avatar
 
PTrader: (168/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Monterey, CA
Posts: 15,047
Default

That's correct, you can use a ballast for four bulbs, which has 2x 4 wires, and either connect 2x 2 wires to each of two bulbs (2x OD) or connect 2x 3 or 4 wires to one bulb (3x or 4x OD).

Not sure about using different wattage... I read that some electronic ballasts can "sense" what kind of bulb they are connected to... hope someone with more knowledge can jump in.
Wasserpest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 12:05 AM   #3
chinaboy1021
Planted Member
 
chinaboy1021's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2003
Location: toronto
Posts: 283
Default

can this be done with 18inch bulbs? in the article on reefcentral "reefburnaby" did not describe the model name of the ballast that run 18inchers. the lowest lengh he talked about was 24inches.
chinaboy1021 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 06:41 AM   #4
chinaboy1021
Planted Member
 
chinaboy1021's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2003
Location: toronto
Posts: 283
Default

another thing is that the wires, how exactly do i connect 2 sets of wires to 1 end cap? do i just link the corresponding wires together? im a complete newbie when it comes with these electrical stuff and dont wnat to kill myself. anyone got like a step by step instructions with diagrams? thanks a lot.
chinaboy1021 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 12:28 PM   #5
Rex Grigg
Planted Tank Guru
 
Rex Grigg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (65/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Portland Orygun
Posts: 9,600
Send a message via ICQ to Rex Grigg Send a message via AIM to Rex Grigg
Default

IMHO if you are asking very basic questions like how to connect two wires to the end caps you should NOT be attempting the ODNO route. There are some serious consequences that can occur if you mess it up. Starting with blowing the ballast and pretty much ending in your crispy smoking corpse laying in the burnt remains of your house.
Rex Grigg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 02:49 PM   #6
Wasserpest
Are these real?
 
Wasserpest's Avatar
 
PTrader: (168/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Monterey, CA
Posts: 15,047
Default

Hmmm... barbeque... hmmm :twisted:

Rex is right, water and electricity are not a good area to learn or collect experiences. Get someone who is familiar with this stuff!!

Besides, the endcaps I have worked with have four little holes where the wires can be pushed in... so no problem.
Wasserpest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 04:17 PM   #7
chinaboy1021
Planted Member
 
chinaboy1021's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2003
Location: toronto
Posts: 283
Default

you guys are probably right. i havent bought anything yet thats probably why a lot of stuff isnt making sense.
chinaboy1021 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 07:04 PM   #8
jart
Wannabe Guru
 
jart's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NS Canada
Posts: 1,369
Default

fried my finger once when wiring a ballast... hurt like hell and you could actually smell it in the next room. be careful, folks... water or no water.

if you do get some help from a person qualified in electricity, might as well get them to install a ground fault circuit protector/interupter (gfci). highly recommended.
jart is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ODNO grounding question mpa90 Lighting 9 08-26-2004 01:20 AM
ODNO wiring question EvilKen Lighting 2 11-24-2003 05:58 PM
To ODNO or not to ODNO? 2X or 4X is the question. Anonymous Lighting 11 10-28-2003 02:24 PM
Quick question about lighting/CO2 Vinlo General Planted Tank Discussion 1 08-29-2003 02:22 PM
quick ODNO question chinaboy1021 Lighting 1 08-22-2003 01:03 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012