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Old 05-01-2010, 07:48 AM   #1
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New 10g Cheap Lighting


I will be setting up a 10g in the next couple weeks to use as quarantine and to plant clippings from my 20g. It will most likely hold red rotala, red ludwigia, wisteria and an amazon sword.

I would like to be in a similar light intensity range as my 20g (med-high?) which has dual 24 watt T5HOs (6700k+10000k) with polished reflectors. This will allow me to experiment with different variables like substrate, ferts, and co2.

My budget is around $40. I like DIY projects.

Do I have a chance of keeping it within budget? Will I be able to replicate lighting from 20g? Can I copy one of your fixtures? Any suggestions?
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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Damn, 40$ thats tough to built a light thats pretty decent, been looking for it. Goodluck though!
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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I actually built a "mini DIY Light" for my ten gallon. Its actually more of an upgrade then a whole fixture DIY. Tex Gal did a similar thing on her ten gallon.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...mp-tank-2.html

You just have to buy the stock hood and add some mylar or reflectors and get new bulbs. You can also find bulbs at walmart. i just recently picked up 2x10w 6500k bulbs for 5 bucks at walmart.


My looks pretty much like this but my father got some reflector material from work and i bent it into like 5 angels.

http://img168.imageshack.us/i/bulbs.jpg/
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http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...xperiment.html shows how I have my 10 gallon tank set up. It isn't elegant, but I don't find it an ugly spectacle either. And, it gives as much light as I could ever use.
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I have a 24" shoplight on my ten gallon, and it does a fantastic job. The light was $13, and the bulbs where $8 each. I don't find it all that ugly, but maybe I'm just biased
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Thanks for the ideas. I am leaning towards the "incandescent" hood with some CFLs. I will improve the reflectors with something shiny, cheap, and heat resistant.

From what I can see these bulbs go up to 23 watts. What is the maximum wattage I would want to run through this thing? Doesn't look like the manufacturers website says.
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max i would go is 2x13 watt bulbs or 2x15. Im running right now 2x10 since im getting algae with the 2x13s.
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Those bulbs get bigger in diameter and longer as the wattage goes up. The amount of room available for them is pretty limited. I found that to be what determined which bulbs I could use.
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Thank you for the great information.

I am going to check out my options for this type of hood at lfs. If it is cheaper because I can avoid shipping I'm going for it.

Any ideas for acquiring cheap reflectors?
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