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I figured I would start a thread for my 33L system.

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:
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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.
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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:
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Then just insert the bulbs
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here is another view
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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 :)



**** Update:

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.


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The wires run through the PVC and down into the stand to a power strip. Super streamline.

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Edited by TinyGiant, 09 January 2012 - 04:31 PM.


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good idea.. I like it.

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couple quick pics of the tank as it sits right now. Currently the basement is taken over with my bands gear for practice space.

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btw the stand the tank is on is actually a 60" stand for a 120g. A friend down the street from me replaced this stand with a sturdier oak one for his 75g. I grabbed this one for free and its sturdy as a rock.. Everything sits nice and even too .. didnt even need to shim anything :)

cant wait to get the ball rolling. Hopefully my LED sockets will arrive tomorrow

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Hey tiny how much you get this tank for. I'm looking for one. You can pm me. So just I know the price range. Can't find one in so cal :/
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I actually traded a 250w ebo jager heater and a teal Paly rock for it. .. but the petco $1/gal sale should apply to it..

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Man in Cali Percocet sucks all they have is 10 and 20g lmao. Could you drill that sucker :)
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33L could definitely be drilled. its the same thickness as the 55g. its a rugged little tank

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That's what I'm talking about. Gotta find me one of these. Id de rim that sucker. It be sick
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thinking i just might.. and might euro brace the sides for good measure. I have plenty of glass and silicone kicking around

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Hmm maybe you wouldn't have to. If you wanted to sleep sound at night ya! Lmao
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updated the first post with new lighting pics

here is a video


Edited by TinyGiant, 09 January 2012 - 04:34 PM.


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NIce, I like that Video, nice clean color..
so since this tank is just 12 high you can just use 1 row of lights..
but 2 rows would be good for deeper tanks?

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I had this same amount on my 55g. but added a couple more to get around my columns. these are perfectly fine for deeper tanks.


I would say go 1 solid row for every 12" of width.. so a 4x24 (foot print) would take two rows.. where something that has only a 12" foot print would take one row.


These new lights from this new seller are very bright. makes me think about swapping some out with the upstairs tank

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new seller?
GU10 3Watt 3x1W Epistar from luckzdl2008?

is the any reason for having the lights hung up high over the water?
color mixing ect? just wondering, cause I wanna have mine no more than 5" above water

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With 30 deg optics is best to go a little higher so you don't get it a laser beaming

and yes on that seller

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With 30 deg optics is best to go a little higher so you don't get it a laser beaming

and yes on that seller


your using royal blue ( 460nm ) and cool white 6000-6500K on your frag tank?

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Yes

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What's the color combo
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1:1

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so excited lol, I just made my order.

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schaweeet!

I moved half of my frags from my frag rack to the 33L today. Figured i would see how they do after a week an then move the rest of the frags down there..

there are a few frags I'm scared to move.. like my ora red planet acro, blood challice, jason fox monti setosa.. etc.. so i might settle with a tiny frag rack for a little bit until i know everything is doing really well in the basement setup

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very nice. your corals look very good.

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thanks.

the frags I moved downstairs were open fully within 5 min.. so changes are everything will be fine down there.. i'm just being cautious :)

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haha, my corals wont open for days now.. did a few water changes and all tests show things are good. caint wait for new light now, I will set them up and watch the corals love it lol.

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more pics I moved half of my frags to the system today. crappy cell pics.

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