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Old 03-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #46
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Toozfat, what did you do with the transformer in the light? Where is it now housed?
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:59 PM   #47
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That is a fantastic mod.

If anyone is interested, the mechanic lamps appear to be available in the UK, but branded differently. They're called SILVERLINE.

http://www.silverlinetools.com/products/d93/s810

Cheapest is on eBay.

I want to get one in my hood around my MR16 LEDs but not sure how I can.
Nice find. If you look at post #17 I have pictures using the stock lighting (which works with MR16 LEDs) and the 13W CFL. It fits under the hood you just can't use the clear protective tube.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:02 PM   #48
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Toozfat, what did you do with the transformer in the light? Where is it now housed?
The transformers are in sitting in the base of the rear compartment with all the other wires.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:55 PM   #49
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Added a ghost shrimp Since he's practically clear he camouflages great in the tank. He also has pretty cool white stripes on his back and red bands on his "wrist" and antennas.



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Old 03-07-2011, 08:00 PM   #50
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I have an idea for a replacement tube. I have one of the lamps on the way so will see if it works.

Incidentally, my plants are growing great with just my MR16s. They're ridiculously bright, but a bit bigger than the ones in your photos. Hope I can fit the CFL around them!
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:44 PM   #51
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I have an idea for a replacement tube. I have one of the lamps on the way so will see if it works.

Incidentally, my plants are growing great with just my MR16s. They're ridiculously bright, but a bit bigger than the ones in your photos. Hope I can fit the CFL around them!
You can always use the CFL without the protective tube as well. Let me know if you have any questions when you take it apart.
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:23 PM   #52
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OK, it arrived. Slightly different to the American one.

Wired it all up. Looked great.

Went to work, came home - light was not on.

Replaced fuse in the plug. Turned lights on, circuit board blew up.

Basically, I think it must not have liked being on all day, overheated and shorted. CFL is ruined now too.

Back to the drawing board
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:47 PM   #53
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Sorry to hear about your light. I have mine on 9hrs/day so I guess they must be different.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:31 AM   #54
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Sorry to hear about your light. I have mine on 9hrs/day so I guess they must be different.
Yea, my transformer was a lot different to yours, and the bracket inside was fixed to the case.

I guess maybe it's something to do with us running at 240v rather than 110v. Maybe that is why it runs hotter. It really exploded! Made me jump out of my skin! I've just wired a 15w e27 cfl in there now, but it doesn't look as sweet as it did with your mod.
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:38 AM   #55
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The water is finally crystal clear! It's like a whole new tank without the haze that's plagued my tank since the start. I dropped my White Cloud off at the local pet store because he started harassing the Rummynose. Other than that, everyone is doing well. I've also introduced five Assassin Snails just because I think they're cool. I don't have any snails to feed them but they seem to enjoy blood worms and one of them ate a leaf that broke off and was floating at the top.

I've removed all the stem plants keeping just one H. Polysperma in case I have a change of heart. Trimming them every week was getting old fast!



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Close-up on one of the Assassin Snails:


The S. Repens and B. Japonica seem to be doing well. Right side:


I added some Fissidens Fontanus to the lace rocks. Left side:


Not sure what I'm doing with the Subwassertang in the back but it seems to be acclimated and slowly growing now so I don't want to pull it out. Side view:


Finally got around to mixing up some Fertilizer solutions for quick & easy dosing:
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:17 AM   #56
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where did you get the bottles you are using for your fertilizer?
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:52 AM   #57
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where did you get the bottles you are using for your fertilizer?
I got 'em from [Ebay Link Removed]... I'll send you the link.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:40 PM   #58
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Hows the rummynose doin?
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Hows the rummynose doin?
I've only got one survivor from the three you gave me. I picked up one more Rummynose from Petsmart so he wouldn't be lonely. I also added some Endlers last week and they all get along well.
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We've got babies! They're about 3/16" long and I've counted at least three so far... I'll post pics of the parents soon.

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