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New 20H Halide Canopy!


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Well, this took a really long time to finish but here it is. You know you have lost your mind when you build a custom canopy with a 250w halide for a 20 gallon tank. :) Just thought I would share.

 

BTW.. I thought Phoenix 14K lamps were a good compromise between blue and white. Mine seems almost too blue. Does is need some burn in time?

 

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Ryan

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did you build the stand too? Looks very professional.

 

Thanks! I got the stand a long time ago at a local LFS with a matching smaller canopy. I modeled the new canopy after the older one. Its just basically taller with a door in front. Here are some more pictures.

 

I am seriously considering a 10k bulb. This Phoenix 14k is super blue. I am really surprised.

 

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I bought 2 current usa 14K bulbs about a month ago. One was already burned in and the other was way bluer. Now that the bluer one has burned in it looks more white. Just give yours some time.

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Thanks for the nice comments!

 

Good info pico1, I will hold off for a couple weeks and hope it whitens up a little.

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Looks great, a real challenge to mimic those stock stands and make it look good. Yours looks awsome.

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Looks great, a real challenge to mimic those stock stands and make it look good. Yours looks awsome.

 

Thanks Tony, yea.. it took a lot of time to get it right. The painting was the hardest part. I should have sprayed the primer and black but I used a roller/foam brush instead. It took forever. :) Here is a picture of the underside.

 

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Ryan

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Thanks Tony, yea.. it took a lot of time to get it right. The painting was the hardest part. I should have sprayed the primer and black but I used a roller/foam brush instead. It took forever. :) Here is a picture of the underside.

 

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Ryan

 

Thats really nice, looks great. i like the bluer spectrum think it looks cool.

 

i had a 10klight hated it so got a 20k 150w, much better. :D

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Hopefully I am done now. :)

 

If you went with the 10K you could probably retrofit some antics in there though.

 

Yea, I should have thought it out a little more (even though I spent hours on my original decision). :) I found the 250w to be wayyyy to bright.. I ended up wanting dawn/dusk too so I ultimately put in a couple HOT5's and downgraded the MH to 150w. I think the look is pretty good now.

 

So now I have Ushio 150w 10000K HQI, Giesemann 24W Actinic/Blue Plus T5HO, and Giesemann 24W Pure Actinic 03 T5HO bulbs. Seems to be a good combo. A little whiter which is the way I like it.

 

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