Its been setup for about a week now. I have sand, water and rock from an established system. So it was ready to go from day one. right now it just has some cheato and a percula clown. I ordered my GU10 bulbs to do my LED build so for now it just has a regular incandescent bulb over it since there really isnt anything in the tank that really needs any light. Water is crystal clear and ready for some frags.
I started Working on the Lighting build. I'll post that in a little bit.
here is the lighting so far:
I recently setup a 33L in the basement for use as a frag tank and I wanted to run the same GU10 lights on the frag tank as I do on the display so I wont have any differences in growth and color in both systems. I decided i would try making a light "tube this time around to use some left over pvc I had kicking around.
I started with measuring and marking every two inches, starting after the first inch)
I measured out enough to place 20 bulbs total on the tube. Next i used a 1" hole saw to drill out all the holes.
I waned these to basically countersink the LEDs so all that would be visible would be the heatsinks and maybe a little of the bulb neck.
So i drilled the tube to look like this:
Next I took a piece of corner molding and slid it into the tube and marked the center on each drilled hole. This way i could screw down the sockets to line up perfectly inside the tube.
I wired them parallel but connecting them chained to eachother.. maybe later i will diagram that out for you or take a picture when i do the rest of them.
One they are secrured and wired I plan to slide the trim back in tube and make sure its lined up:
Then just insert the bulbs
here is another view
My plan is to hopefully be able to just attach it to an arm at the end but i feel it will probably sag to one side. So i might just hang it from the ceiling. Or make a bracket to hang from the back of the tank. Not sure yet.. but I figured i would share the build so far
Okay.. I finished the lighting construction today.
Still needs paint.. but its done otherwise. I have a cut piece of pvc holding up the other end while the glue sets further. There is a little bit of a bend to the pipe because the bulbs are heavier than i thought they would be.. So I might continue it to the other side and go up and over.. or I might just run a wire from the end to the ceiling for extra support. But overall I am stoked to finally have this done.
I have a total of 20 3w gu10s over the tank now. 10 white and 10 blue. I love the color probably close to 12-14k not too blue and not too white.
The wires run through the PVC and down into the stand to a power strip. Super streamline.
Edited by TinyGiant, 09 January 2012 - 04:31 PM.