Hey guys. Ever since i replaced the regular screw in cfl bulbs in my 29g with an ahsupply kit I fell in love with it. Seeing that the ahsupplys 55w kit gives me better lighting and plant growth than the 70w of screw in cfl's i had up I decided to redo the lighting on my 10g as well.
Currently I am using a regular incandescent fixture over my tank with 2-14w bulbs. It gives me great results but the lighting is no where as bright as an ahsupply one..
I used regular 7-8' board, 3/4" thick pine for the canopy.
Heres what I did..
Two - 19" x 3" boards (This will be your front and back)
One - 19" x 7.75" board (This will be your top)
Two - 6" x 3" boards (This will be your sides)
Then sand down all the edges..
II- Putting it together
Heres an image to illustrate what goes where after..
I used 1.5" coarse screws to screw it all together.
III- Vent (optional)
Used a 1" flat wood bit to make a hole on each side for the vents. Later will be covered by the caps AHsupply provided.
IV- Filling the gaps/holes
I had used Elmers Wood filler to cover up any imperfections in the wood and close the gaps (minimal) that were between each piece of wood.
Heres a photo of how it looks:
Heres how it looks so far..
Im still waiting for it to fully dry so i can sand it down smooth..
V- Painting the inside..
Used regular white indoor/outdoor paint to paint the inside.. Went over it 2 times still have one more to go..
VI -- Installing the Reflector/Endcap wire
My reflector was i believe 24" long, so i had to cut it to 17-18" to fit into the canopy.. Then just use the screws/spacers/brackets to install the reflector in the canopy
Next choose which side of the canopy will be the back. And drill a hole (seriously forgot size lol) for the endcap wire.
Pull the wire through the hole so it looks as follows
Install the bulb (I am using an 18w 6500K bulb) and we are done with the inside..
And heres a random shot of how the vents will look like
Further updates will come later in the week when i get my ballast and paint the outside black..
Thanks for looking