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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-28-2003, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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Alright well I was going to go with a screw in flourecent (and i still may) but i was wondering if anyone has been able to put a 13w AH supply kit in it. Im assuming i may have to lose the filter if i do this, but thats fine, id be happy with just doing a few more water changes, and it will be planted so thats not a big deal. Another problem i can see is that i will have virtually no tools because im confined to a dorm room. I know someone who has some screwdrivers and i could probably find some wire strippers, but how much drilling will be involved in this, hopefully as little as possible because i don't know how much plastic i want to widdle through.
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Maybe you can find someone who does electronics, the little soldering pens are handy for small holes in plactic... melts right through.

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Hehe, I'm in the same boat as you are with the dorm and no tools. I just got my kits a few days ago and am now on a quest to find someone with a drill. Someone in the mechanical engineering dept offered to get me in to use theirsnext week when they are open again, just as a thought.

I searched and searched and the only walk-through page I've found (other than one that is no longer up) is here:

I've heard mention that there may be a way to salvage the operation of the original light switch too...
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thanks a bunch man. If i get the 2x13w i would have AMPLE lighting over the tank. Perhaps to much...4wpg on a tank that small is alot, i would be worried about an algae bloom...but ill see what other people say.
Im not sure why he chose to mount the ballasts on the outside, i believe they could be installed inside with minimal problems. He did bring up a good point that i hadn't thought of which was protecting the lights from being splashed...not sure how ill work that out yet...any thoughts? spose i could cut up the end of a syphon since i won't be vacumming the gravel .
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I went with the 2x13 kit (the one that didn't come with the reflector since I didn't know if it would fit). The best reason I can think of for the ballasts to be on the outside might be heat, any heat the ballasts made would be dissipated to the outside then, helping keep down heat build-up.

Along with the lighting, I've already added a little Hagen CO2 unit to the two tanks I'm converting and will step up the fertilization once the lighting is installed. I grow a lot of fast growers, so I'm not too worried about algae as long as everything stays balanced.

I'm not sure about how to protect the bulbs frm water splash. I was kinda hoping the original light cover would still work but then I loked at it again and realized it's too narrow.
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2x13w with reflector will only fit if you remove both the stick lighting and the stock filter - one 13w where stock lighting was, 1 13w under the flip-up lid. 2x13 without reflector will easily fit in place of the stock lighting.

"4wpg" isn't really that much on a small tank - just think 2wpg over a 1/2g tank. WPG hust doesn't work on small tanks. I'd consider 26w with good reflectors on the med to high side which, if done properly, your only worries would be adequate ferts & CO2, along with lots of plant trimming . I've had 31w over my Eclipse 6 and the only problems I had from it is plant size at least doubling .

If someone made decent plant bulbs & good reflectors in the ~26w PC styles/size, it would be perfect for this tank as it would be a good light level, and the bulb would fit pretty much fill the sapce end-to-end under the stock hood.
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well im hoping not to have to use CO2. I mean i don't have any of the stuff im gonna need in a dorm room, so i guess ill stick with the 13w with the reflector and go with mid level-low level light plants.
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