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    Lighting

    Does anyone have any easy DIY plans for a light hood and wiring?

    I am planning an upgrade soon, should be a 75 or 90 and need some help with the lighting.

    I could go the easy way and get a Coralife 48" Aqualight 4X65Watt ($300.00), then I wouldn't have to worry about wiring.

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    Try to build something. Looking at workhorse ballast.


    Thanks
    Andrew

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    So are you looking for plans for a canopy, or wiring schematic for a ballast, or both?
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    There are pics of the canopy I built for my tank in this thread...

    http://aquariacanada.com/forums/show...5&pagenumber=1

    I have the schematic if you want...
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    I have a lot of questions, so I guess I will start with....

    What should the distance be between the bulbs?
    How far off the water?
    If starting with 4 48 bulbs, what bulbs should I consider?
    How many fans, if needed, should I run?

    Thanks
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    First thing though, Will Fluorescents be enough for the type of coral you wish to keep?


    What should the distance be between the bulbs?
    How far off the water?
    I basically spread the bulbs out equally within the canopy. You should have them about 6" - 8" away from the water's surface.

    If starting with 4 48 bulbs, what bulbs should I consider?
    Maybe 2 actinic and 2 daylight? This is more a question of taste and also the type of corals you plan on keeping....

    How many fans, if needed, should I run?
    Well, fluorescents don't put out too much heat... Maybe a nice 4" fan that moves over 60 or 70 cfm would be good. The fan should push air IN, and then you should have a vent located in the upper rear of the canopy to expell hot air.

    Hope that helps.
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    Thanks for the great info.
    I'm still going through the other thread you gave.

    Where should the ballast go? In the canopy?

    Thanks
    Andrew

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    A lot of people mount their ballasts on the outside back or top of the canopy.

    Some ballasts produce quite a bit of heat, so since I was already battling heat problems, I opted to mount my ballasts remotely. (basically on the other side of the wall; my tank is against the wall, and my "fishroom" is on the other side of the wall. I extended the ballast wires, mounted some quick disconnects on them, and ran them through the wall.)

    Ideally, you'd want to keep the ballasts away from possible water splashes.
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    Cool

    also, really really consider METALHALIDE with ACTINIC from the start as you for sure will change sooner or later. VHO is nice but,,,,, I made the switch and It's awsome at the wider variety of life you can keep. I have 2 new 250watt IWASAKI lamps for sale if you decide to go that route. check out the CLASSIFIED forum here. There are all kinds of different lamps to choose from in this area. I'm letting my lamps go for $60 a piece! a steal!!!!!

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    I think I am getting things figured out. A couple of more questions though:

    The tank is 48" wide, is there a big difference in the 48" and 46.5" bulbs?

    What width inside the canopy should I have to accomodate the length of the bulbs and the end caps?

    Thanks
    Andrew

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    Just remember that when you place the bulbs inside the endcaps, you have to turn the bulbs 90degrees in order for them to work Took me 3 hours of wire and connection troubleshooting to figure out that was all I needed to do.

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