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Need help on DIY hood/canopy *PICS*

This is what I have...

a 30x16x18 tank...




a jbj hood with 2x36, 2 fans, and 2 LED lights in it...



I want to mod. the lights and make a hood for it and put it on top of my tank....don't have to be fancy but as long as the lights can evenlly distributed in the tank....cheaper the better....

I am more than a noob in electricity but i took the hood apart and it seems pretty straight foward..just relocate the parts and the wires are set to go...

It comes with 2 blue LEDs...I am thinking about adding a few more white ones...if so how do I do it?

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Are you trying to make a hood or canopy? I would make a canopy but then I'm no good at woodworking. A canopy would make it easier to conceal the light fixtures though. If you want to make a hood, maybe you can make it out of acrylic. I saw another thread for a DIY hood on here....
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whats the difference? sorry I feel so dumb now....

i would like something easy to make and the light won't escape to the outside of the tank(meaning the top)

if you pay a close attention to the tank picture, the rear right corner part is against a corner in the wall...so I can't really make a canopy and put it on top or I will have to make that part open or not making that part at all....

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does taht tank over hang the stand
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I would suggest using a 6" diameter PVC pipe 30" long. If you have access to a table saw it would be a cinch.

1) rip the PVC pipe length-wise on the table saw to form two half circles each 30" long. Keep the better of the two.
2) Using either wood or thick plastic cut/form two half circles that will serve as "end-caps" for saved piece from step #1.
3) Glue/epoxy the end-caps to the 30" long half circle.
4) Sand/smooth the exterior of step #3
5) Spray paint the exterior black and the interior white.
6) Mount the salvaged JBJ lights inside.

You will have a good looking light fixture for less than $20. I have seen this done on another website unfortunately I cannot find it now. I have seen versions of this light fixture made using screw in CFLs (thus no ballasts required).

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Another thought is to pick up a length of gutter @ Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc. Put an end cap on each end, paint it, mount your lights in the gutter, drill a hole for electrical, add a switch & you've got a quick, simple & inexpensive strip light. If you cut it long enough, it can sit on the ends of your tank or you can suspend it overhead. You might even find it in a color you like & won't have to paint it.

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craigthor-yes by 2" and the picture was taken before I put a support underneath that spot...



I have no table saw...i was thinking about that idea with the pc pipe too..you the one with cichlid tank? :P

homedepot i go now...gotta check out what they have for me to paly around :P

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I built my own homemade canopy and lighting using some 1/2" plywood, and some sylvania ballasts. It helps alot if you have the right tools for the job though.

initial construction

running the mounts and wiring


installed and lit up



Still need to a better job sealing up the doors, but it's not too noticeable from straight on. Lighting is 4x40w t8's running on two ballasts mounted to the exterior of the hood along with an integrated dual 12" cold cathode night light setup.

Any questions feel free to ask.
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u seen mine but heres more pics of it https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ph...tml#post505510

maybe if u lucky i can get my dad to build one and u can pick it up

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