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My ghetto lighting upgrade...

I had a 70 watt MH but was limited on the num ber of hours to burn such and intense light so I made a couple fo changes. I added 4 5.5" clamp lamps with a couple of different bulbs. 2 are Sylvania Craft 5000k 13 watt CFL and 2 are FEIT Daylight 5800K CFL. I actually really like using the clamp ons as I can adjust the lighting to diferent areas that may need more or less light or highlighting. I figure I may, not likely with the quality of reflectors, get as much as 2 wpg from them. I started with just 2 of them but they left the tank kinda dark in the front and I really need some extra light up there. I plan once it gets nice enough out to spray the outside of the reflectors in a high temp black so they match a bit better.






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dang, my pics and spelling really suck today...
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lol that is ghetto.. But hey if it gives you enough light then thats just as good as any other lighting fixture..

(try using a tripod or even a chair to stabilize your camera when taking pix. They will be less blurry)


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Yeah it fit my budget, for some reason all the rest of my budget is being placed on shrimps. Also some have inquired about me running my MH more hours I don't plan on it as it raises the tank a couple of degrees in the few hours its on and being a shrimp tank I don't need the water temps that hot for a full day burst. I also won't run a chiller as the wife would kill me been there and tried that. I hope to build a rack over the top at some point to mount the clamps to hang from but with getting ready to move I don't have the time at this moment. Also it makes it really easy to work on the tank as I can just shut a light off, unclamp it and move it out of the way.
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lol, blurry pic alert
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lol, blurry pic alert
lol you didn't look at my poor spelling either, going to be a long day already...
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hey man, i'd be in a bad place if it wasnt for spell checker, and sometimes that's not even enough.
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well as long as it works. i think over time you should find a way to cheaply make it work better.
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Great clip on lamps, I'm currently just using lamps that clamp onto a desk

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LOL THAT IS pretty ghetto. But as long as it works no complaints!

So you have to find 4-5 electric sockets for just those lights?
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LOL THAT IS pretty ghetto. But as long as it works no complaints!

So you have to find 4-5 electric sockets for just those lights?
Actually have a cheap power strip plugged into my Coralife Digital timer. Since they are one 13 watt bulbs I don't come anywhere clsoe to the max ampaerage

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I agree with you guys, we do what we ca and have to to keep our hobby going. Hope the move goes well for you


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I guess it only matters if the tank turns out nice as long as you can ignore the big hanging lights on top of it.

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try using the sunlight going through your window... It's free.


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Only downside of sunlight is that you more than what you ask for! Currently I am running full sunlight on my 2.5g. It is basically just a growout tank for dwarf hairgrass and glosso, and they grows really fast, but you get a lot of dot algae on the glass as a result. Otherwise there is no other algae. It is plant only as the temp fluctuates a lot throughout the day, but boy do the plants grow fast!

I crank up the DIY co2, add excel and dose a lot of ferts and it has been a very stable tank so far.

Edit: and who cares about the lights, you take pictures of what's inside the tank anyway!
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