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I tried posting this in the lighting forum, but i got no response, I want to see if anyone really has any comments or suggestions that could make this project better

Several Months Back I decided I wanted to upgrade to MH from the stock lighting in my 29g BioCube, so i decided to try a 70w, I ordered a $20 ebay bulb and a ballast, then i gutted my hood and slapped this sucker in there, it did not take me long to realize that this light had no where near enough power to keep much of anything in it... So I got 2 thinking, about a different lighting setup, I looked into the DIY LED setups, started pricing it out and it got too expensive to quick... and since I've been wanting to do alot of acro's, i knew that I was going to need more than 150w on my tank. One of my LFS who is one of the few that has a highly succesful acro tank that i believe is maybe a 190g bow front, they had 3x 400w mh on their tank and basically convinced me to go with a 250w for what i was looking into doing.

So, here is the parts list
250w XM 15k mogul bulb $65.00
250w IceCap Elec Ballast $130.00
Mogul Socket $8.00
2x 70mm pcu fans $16.00
12v 1.2amp adapter $12.00
4xBlue LED w mounts $10.00
Misc Hardware $35.00
36watt coralife actinic, $0.00 From Stock Hood
mount, and power supply
LED Driver $0.00 From Stock Hood
40"of 2"x1/2" allum channel $0.00 Freebie
40" of 3" allum louver $0.00 Freebie
20" 3.5"od allum pipe $0.00 Freebie
9' 5/8" solid allum rod $0.00 Freebie
20"x8.75" 1/8" allum sheet $0.00 Left Over From Other Projects
Glass ??????? Still need it cut
Powder Coat ??????? Not Ready Yet

Total Thus Far: $246.00

Picture Time
This is the top of the reflector to show how it was built
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This is the inside of the reflector, i put almost 3.5hrs into polishing it to mirror finnish
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Here is the material that I cut for the housing, its just waiting for work the following day so i can weld it together
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And at the end of the "following day, I ground down the welds and made everything smooth, then mounted the reflector inside to test fit.
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The top of the Housing after it was cleaned up
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Light Housing On Tank Test
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This shows the mount for one of the 2 light poles
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The 2 Light poles and Yes they are height adjustable (and my girlie in the background working on wedding favors)
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Yes, The light is hung
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Another Angle
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One from this morning with the light on
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And a little Coral Shot
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Things that at this point still need to be done,
Mount and wire LED moonlights
Mount Switch for LEDs
Wire Actinic (Dawn and Dusk Light Only)
Mount and wire Both Fans
Drill Holes for power supply wires
Get Glass for bottom cut and drilled
Take it all apart and get it powder coated flat black
I might Decided to lower the hoops closer to the housing, what do you guys think?

SO ANY THOUGHTS AND OR SUGGESTIONS

Edited by AllXJ96, 26 March 2009 - 01:42 PM.


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Ive got a chiller on the tank which keeps the temp at 78.5deg, ive got the 2 fans on the unit which when the glass is installed on the unit there should be very little heat transfer.

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That is freaking sick dude I love it!

Did you use aluminum for the housing?

I was thinking of getting a 150 watt MH/ actinic setup for my redsea max.

Once you powder coat that thing black it will look professional and you could sell them lol.

I want dibs on one of those if you decide to custom make and sell them haha.

One thing I was thinking too is maybe putting some air slots on top of the unit to make it run cooler.

Edited by Rome, 24 January 2009 - 08:01 PM.


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at first when saw title it was gonna be some pos wood build......Its nice work and well done.I would go bit higher though i think with light.Maybe change the hanging loops to a steal wire or something to look nicer.


nice work and cant wait to see more.
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There is no need for slots in the top because the housing is pretty much gonna be sealed, so the one fan is gonna pull air in and the other will pull air out, i got the highest CFM fans that i could find so they move plenty of air to even keep just the reflector cool to the touch.

The overall height of the unit can be raised and lowered over the water, but if you pay attention in pic #9 i think the rods are too high above the light, so i shortened that distance and i should be getting it powder coated this week, so i will post more pictures of that and i will release the order forms, jk...

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Ok, sorry it took sooooo long, but here are the finished pics...

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so tell me what you think!!!!!

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AWESOME. A true DIY to be proud of. :)

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mm, hawt. I like.

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Now my light is begging for a sexy rimless tank!!! Or even better a zero edge!!! Ohh i wish i had the money :bling:
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nice build

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Very nice. The hanging system is very clean.

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Thanks guys, i put alot of time and money into this one, lol

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that looks great man, very good use of the stuff you already had. and the aluminum work is top notch

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One of the best DIY MH projects I've seen. Feel proud :)

I would recommend a low maintenance pico except a pico has a lot of limitations and requires a lot of commitment. And something tells me MD's gonna want to keep all sorts of crazy sea creatures like sea monkeys, mermaids and tangs. Or a boa constrictor.

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I tried posting this in the lighting forum, but i got no response, I want to see if anyone really has any comments or suggestions that could make this project better

Several Months Back I decided I wanted to upgrade to MH from the stock lighting in my 29g BioCube, so i decided to try a 70w, I ordered a $20 ebay bulb and a ballast, then i gutted my hood and slapped this sucker in there, it did not take me long to realize that this light had no where near enough power to keep much of anything in it... So I got 2 thinking, about a different lighting setup, I looked into the DIY LED setups, started pricing it out and it got too expensive to quick... and since I've been wanting to do alot of acro's, i knew that I was going to need more than 150w on my tank. One of my LFS who is one of the few that has a highly succesful acro tank that i believe is maybe a 190g bow front, they had 3x 400w mh on their tank and basically convinced me to go with a 250w for what i was looking into doing.

So, here is the parts list
250w XM 15k mogul bulb $65.00
250w IceCap Elec Ballast $130.00
Mogul Socket $8.00
2x 70mm pcu fans $16.00
12v 1.2amp adapter $12.00
4xBlue LED w mounts $10.00
Misc Hardware $35.00
36watt coralife actinic, $0.00 From Stock Hood
mount, and power supply
LED Driver $0.00 From Stock Hood
40"of 2"x1/2" allum channel $0.00 Freebie
40" of 3" allum louver $0.00 Freebie
20" 3.5"od allum pipe $0.00 Freebie
9' 5/8" solid allum rod $0.00 Freebie
20"x8.75" 1/8" allum sheet $0.00 Left Over From Other Projects
Glass ??????? Still need it cut
Powder Coat ??????? Not Ready Yet

Total Thus Far: $246.00

Picture Time
This is the top of the reflector to show how it was built
Posted Image

This is the inside of the reflector, i put almost 3.5hrs into polishing it to mirror finnish
Posted Image

Here is the material that I cut for the housing, its just waiting for work the following day so i can weld it together
Posted Image

And at the end of the "following day, I ground down the welds and made everything smooth, then mounted the reflector inside to test fit.
Posted Image

The top of the Housing after it was cleaned up
Posted Image

Light Housing On Tank Test
Posted Image

This shows the mount for one of the 2 light poles
Posted Image

The 2 Light poles and Yes they are height adjustable (and my girlie in the background working on wedding favors)
Posted Image

Yes, The light is hung
Posted Image

Another Angle
Posted Image

One from this morning with the light on
Posted Image

And a little Coral Shot
Posted Image


Things that at this point still need to be done,
Mount and wire LED moonlights
Mount Switch for LEDs
Wire Actinic (Dawn and Dusk Light Only)
Mount and wire Both Fans
Drill Holes for power supply wires
Get Glass for bottom cut and drilled
Take it all apart and get it powder coated flat black
I might Decided to lower the hoops closer to the housing, what do you guys think?

SO ANY THOUGHTS AND OR SUGGESTIONS



I tried posting this in the lighting forum, but i got no response, I want to see if anyone really has any comments or suggestions that could make this project better

Several Months Back I decided I wanted to upgrade to MH from the stock lighting in my 29g BioCube, so i decided to try a 70w, I ordered a $20 ebay bulb and a ballast, then i gutted my hood and slapped this sucker in there, it did not take me long to realize that this light had no where near enough power to keep much of anything in it... So I got 2 thinking, about a different lighting setup, I looked into the DIY LED setups, started pricing it out and it got too expensive to quick... and since I've been wanting to do alot of acro's, i knew that I was going to need more than 150w on my tank. One of my LFS who is one of the few that has a highly succesful acro tank that i believe is maybe a 190g bow front, they had 3x 400w mh on their tank and basically convinced me to go with a 250w for what i was looking into doing.

So, here is the parts list
250w XM 15k mogul bulb $65.00
250w IceCap Elec Ballast $130.00
Mogul Socket $8.00
2x 70mm pcu fans $16.00
12v 1.2amp adapter $12.00
4xBlue LED w mounts $10.00
Misc Hardware $35.00
36watt coralife actinic, $0.00 From Stock Hood
mount, and power supply
LED Driver $0.00 From Stock Hood
40"of 2"x1/2" allum channel $0.00 Freebie
40" of 3" allum louver $0.00 Freebie
20" 3.5"od allum pipe $0.00 Freebie
9' 5/8" solid allum rod $0.00 Freebie
20"x8.75" 1/8" allum sheet $0.00 Left Over From Other Projects
Glass ??????? Still need it cut
Powder Coat ??????? Not Ready Yet

Total Thus Far: $246.00

Picture Time
This is the top of the reflector to show how it was built
Posted Image

This is the inside of the reflector, i put almost 3.5hrs into polishing it to mirror finnish
Posted Image

Here is the material that I cut for the housing, its just waiting for work the following day so i can weld it together
Posted Image

And at the end of the "following day, I ground down the welds and made everything smooth, then mounted the reflector inside to test fit.
Posted Image

The top of the Housing after it was cleaned up
Posted Image

Light Housing On Tank Test
Posted Image

This shows the mount for one of the 2 light poles
Posted Image

The 2 Light poles and Yes they are height adjustable (and my girlie in the background working on wedding favors)
Posted Image

Yes, The light is hung
Posted Image

Another Angle
Posted Image

One from this morning with the light on
Posted Image

And a little Coral Shot
Posted Image


Things that at this point still need to be done,
Mount and wire LED moonlights
Mount Switch for LEDs
Wire Actinic (Dawn and Dusk Light Only)
Mount and wire Both Fans
Drill Holes for power supply wires
Get Glass for bottom cut and drilled
Take it all apart and get it powder coated flat black
I might Decided to lower the hoops closer to the housing, what do you guys think?

SO ANY THOUGHTS AND OR SUGGESTIONS