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"Posted May 21 2005, 09:42 AM"

I just ordered my nc6 today,

so I could get going on the mods for the OPEN CATEGORY.

2.27+1.18=72watts+48LED fuge lighting

Rick

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looking forward to seeing your entry... been a fan of your alife for a long time.

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Man who opens mouth early, gets it stuffed in the end.

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Originally posted by Chronicles

Man who opens mouth early, gets it stuffed in the end.

 

You going to enter, Master of Cool? bowdown.gif

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We have the need to know how many 70MH NC6 are going to be entered.

artarmon42????

 

THANKS for the kudos adinsxq

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Nope, I'm out.

Or more specifically, banned from entering by the boss... (:ermm: I mean the wife :angel: )

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gl rick. its good to see you back on the boards

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My nc6 arrived today from NanoTuners and it looks great.

Chris you do a great job boxing & shipping and thanks for the Nano-Reef discount.

Ordered the nc6 Sat and it arrived Tues, that’s fast.

I did some side by side comparisons with an extra ALIFE 7 I have laying around

and the quality of construction on the nc6 hood just blows the ALIFE away.

The nc6 and the ALIFE 7 are almost exactly the same size.

I’ll try to post some comparison pics tomorrow.

Now it’s time for planing the mods.

Rick

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alife7 on left, nc6 on right

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Nice comparison shots! I wish the NC6 was black :(

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Rick J G

 

Who makes (made) the alife7?

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Just stopping to wish you good luck!

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Does this void my warranty?

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MGD guy huh? Did you really need the beer to take apart the hood? :D

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Naw, that doesn't. I completely trashed a PS2 and they still gave me a new one, even thought it was my fault. My guess is that I can't buy their games if my game system is broke ;)

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Three lights jammed in the hood.

(1) 18 watt & (2) 27 watts.

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The 27 watt bulbs just fit, but don’t leave room for the pins.

I removed one of the two brackets that hold the hood open,

drilled holes in the side for the pins and connectors.

I also made my own pin connectors by finding electrical clips

the right size to slid tightly onto the bulb pins and covering them

with silicone air tubing.

I pulled one bulb out a little to show better.

I made a new lens to cover the side the pins and power are on.

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I replaced one fan with a scroll fan to blow air between the reflector & hood.

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I installed connectors for the low voltage, so I could use the original plugs.

and made up a LED light for the fuge.

The LED has 48 - 5MM 12V narrow beam white lights and is super bright.

The LED is from BestHongKong.com

http://www.besthongkong.com/modules.php?na...products_id=161

I attached the LED to a small fan-heat sink to keep it cooled.

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Here is a pic with lights on.

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Pic of the lighting setup

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Crazy!

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Originally posted by jmt

Crazy!

 

But really cool!

 

nice LEDS man!

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Full Tank Shot

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RULE 2

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I better post this before I forget.

Don’t have any carrots in the house,

but it’s apricot season round these parts.

Captain Money & the Golden Girl rule!!!

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Great mod work rick............ I'm soaking up all of the knowledge before my nc6 comes. Questions, where did you get the 27 watt bulbs? Also can you still fit the stock splash guard over the bulbs? If not what are you planning to use?

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I love the light mod! This makes me more and more tempted to pick up a nc6! I hope you post lots of details on how to do it so us non-competition or non-open competition people can work on this later!

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Originally posted by gmy

Great mod work rick............ I'm soaking up all of the knowledge before my nc6 comes. Questions, where did you get the 27 watt bulbs? Also can you still fit the stock splash guard over the bulbs? If not what are you planning to use?

 

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The 27 watt bulbs I used are Aqua Lux 27W 50/50 four pin #10417

You can order them by contacting Aquatic Warehouse by email at,

sales@aquaticwarehouse.com

Chris at Nanocustoms may also carry the bulbs

http://www.nanocustoms.com/catalog/product...fa9b83dcdb790f0

You will need a ballast to run the lights and Chris at Nanocustoms has them.

The Fulham Workhorse 5 should fire all three of the lights and make wiring simple,

* but you should check with Chris on wiring issues.

http://www.nanocustoms.com/catalog/product...fa9b83dcdb790f0

The 27 watt lights will fit under the stock splash guard,

but you need to drill holes & run the pins out the side.

I removed one of the two brackets that hold the hood open.

Then ran my pins & wires thru the chase left on that side.

If you use the stock splash guard you would need to seal the side area. I made a new splash guard that covers the side with wiring.

You could make things a lot easier by just using (3) 18 watt bulbs.

Chris at Nanocustoms could sell you the whole lighting upgrade,

but it would be 3.18 = 54 watts total instead of 72 watts.

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Working on tank mods now

I’m NOT going to run the original pump in the third chamber,

Switched to Rio 90

plus add a second pump in the same chamber.

I plumbed the additional pump to the second chamber.

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The surface skimmer is made from a 4mm data cartridge case.

The case is just the right size for the nc6 and I can snap it on & off.

The cuts are not to clean because it is very soft plastic,

but I only plan to use it when necessary as the surface scum accumulates.

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Here is something I suggest you make.

It’s a small eggcrate cut to the size of the chambers.

It makes it easy to pull things out of the chambers,

because it is very difficult to get your hand in there.

It also protects the bottom glass from falling objects.

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