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Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by sfboarders, Sep 20, 2009.
Thanks Patrick. $16 Black Friday deal at Aquatic Collection.
Well change of plans on how I was going to hang the MH's. I was originally going to hand the fixture with bent EMT tubing and I bought all the hardware and borrowed a tube bender from Mario but decided not too because my wife said she didn't want the lights to look like a buffet line. So I ended up building a canopy to sit on top of my canopy. I did this because my stand is a 1 piece and I didn't want to cut the old canopy in the house and didn't really want to alter the stand in case when I sell it in the future.
Canopy is made out of 3/4" birch hardwood plywood and held together using pocket screws (so fast and ez to use ). Door swings using a piano hinge and inside will be painted primer white and outside stained to match current stand.
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A buffet of frags sounds good. mmm acro skewers
Company shut down this week so I had time to finally put the canopy and MH together. Also some pics of new fish I purchased from Aquatic Collection.
I also have the airking fan blowing straight across (pointed up in the pics because I removed the screen and it made it go up). The reflectors stay pretty cool. Is this correct or am I suppose to point it at the water?
6x54 T5's (old setup)
(2) 250W MH on Lumatek 250/400W ballasts in HQI mode
RB 50/50's and Blue LED's on
RB Blue LED's on
damn that is looking nice !!!!!!!!!
Those Reefbrite's are sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !
Clean add on! When is the next City tank on tour?
Looking good John...how are you liking the Radium 20k's ?
Cool DIY mod on the canopy part !!
You extended it for the MH reflectors hu?
TWO thumbs up
Thanks Mario! I had too. That was the only option for me so my lights wouldn't look like the "buffet line" according to my wife. I still have the tubing I bent which I'll probably use for the frag tank light.
Thanks Jim! Radiums are cool. Don't seem as bright as my T5's but I'm sure they have more punch. I think my center brace might be blocking a lil light though. A lot more bluer compared to the bulbs I had before. The blue is rather nice and I'm not using any RB's when the MH's are on.
Stop by if you wanna check it out. I know you're planning on going with the same setup. You're close by.
Very nice workmanship inside and outside the display. Beautiful. :glasses:
Some more pics. I finally used the top down box. It's been sitting in the closet for awhile. Ian gave me some tips on how to take some photos. Also I visited Matt at Ultimate and bought a CBB. This guy was swimming around and eating mysis. I'm hoping he'll eat the aiptasia and the food I feed him. Hoping he'll last awhile.
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You worried about your CBB nipping on the Zoa's?
Lookin real good!
Nice stuff John!
Where in SF are you? I recently moved so I'm like 5 min from ocean beach now, lots of surfers.