Lights are two 110w 48" VHO. I don't exactly remember which bulbs I got. I think they are URI, one is white actinic and the other I can't remember. Right now the canopy just lifts up; I will be redesigning it since I really don't like the way it sits. I just got a ballast kit with the waterproof ends and wired it up myself. I'm not 100% up to par on all the terminology so the "newbie" title I have fits at this point. Most of the direction I've recieved has been from my sister (at least on the tank itself, not the stand.) So if it looks like I don't have something that makes sense, by all means, speak up and please let me know!
I have a Magnum 350 Pro cannister filter inside.. there's no room for the CO2 tank at all. If I had bought a smaller CO2 tank, it would fit. However, I do have a pantry behind that wall (kitchen) where I could put the tank and just run the hose/wire through the wall.
I'm looking to build a media filter setup too, where it goes through multiple stages of different media, and has a CO2 reactor in it as well. Right now I just have the CO2 bubbling into the intake right there in the tank, and letting the Magnum 350 diffuse it. The CO2 tank was pretty cheap - $75, full, from one of the local welding supply houses. $15 to refill. I live near a LOT of refineries so there's plenty of welding supply shops around.
REALLY enjoying some of those posts in here, especially a lot of Wasserpests' nitfy gizmos. Giving me lots of ideas!