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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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can i DIY this hood?

got this hood for a 15g tall. looks like the bulb will be way too weak for a planted tank, so i was thinkin of doin something along the lines of the perfecto mod to this hood. yall think it will work?





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Whats the width? you can get a retro fit kit from ahshupply.com
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the white part the bulb goes in (strip?) is 12 inches long but the box part it fits in is 12.5 x 5 in.
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if youre handy with wiring and on a budget you can add 2 light sockets and 2 26W bulbs. i'll find the link with how to do it..
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i did this to my 20 High hood and added 2 bulbs.. works great. instead of ordering sockets i bought 2 all weather rubber sockets from home depot.

http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...d.php?t=147012

with your hood you may be able to add 3 bulbs if you go from front to back not side to side. but make sure you measure everything before you start ripping it apart.
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ya i could probably do that and fit 3 side by side with one wall of that box cut out. what k rating are those daylight bulbs?

would 3 bulbs like that (42w total) be enough light an assortment of ferns, mosses maybe some stem plants etc? (not quite sure what will go in the tank yet lol)
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what ever eqauls about 2.5WPG (you might be able to use the WPG rule for this) would be great for ferns mosses crypts anubias and some stems to start out with. 6500K/Daylight bulbs are the ones you should get.

also think about the addition of DIY CO2 to ward off algae.
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ya if i go through with this i will probably add DIY co2. plannin on setting up a system for my 20g tomorrow so well see how it goes lol

so should i go with the kit from ahsupply or try to do it all myself?
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been lookin at the kits online and i have no idea what i should get??? seems like it would be easier and cheaper to get stuff at lowes lol

found this. guess its a 20w strip. so does that mean i cant run more than 20w with this thing?


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the only way you can up the wattage in your hood is to a)buy a retro fit kit. well worth the money. ballast light and reflector. or b) skimp a bit and DIY it. my DIY produced great results, i cant speak for the retro fit kit though.. both are worth the money for what they cost. my DIY cost ended up being around 20 bucks.
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the only way you can up the wattage in your hood is to a)buy a retro fit kit. well worth the money. ballast light and reflector. or b) skimp a bit and DIY it. my DIY produced great results, i cant speak for the retro fit kit though.. both are worth the money for what they cost. my DIY cost ended up being around 20 bucks.
i would way rather go with the DIY method than spend a bunch on a retro fit kit. im fairly confident i could get it done too. do you have a thread on your build? is there any info you could give me on what to do with my fixture?

this light is the only thing holding me back from setting up this new tank
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i dont have a thread but i can try to help with diagrams i'll take some pics of all my wires and junk too in a second.
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Thats the finished fixture. albeit ghetto, grows a true "sunset" hygro

the only thing i would do to improve it to make the bulbs face the center. there seems to be a barely noticeable lack of light in center of the tank.

MAKE SURE YOU WIRE black wires to black wires and white to white wires. Hot to hot, neutral to neutral.

i covered my wires up in tape so you cant really see how its wired, but i twisted all the black wires together, and put them in a waterproof wire connector and taped it away. very simple really do the same for white wires. you might have to strip the wire some cause youre adding three sockets.

if you get stuck or dont feel confident in it ask your dad (depending how old you are ) if you did it right. my dads a huge DIYer and ok'ed the hood before i fired it up.
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ok so you just stripped yout entire fixture and wired the screw in sockets in and thats basically it? i think i could do that for sure. one question though, i only have one black wire and one white wire coming from the plug as im sure you did (?), how do i wire in 2 sockets to that?
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and what wattage are those bulbs?
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