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Old 07/06/2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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an u use a store light as a aquarium light

my mom said she had one of those store lights down in the basement and that if she found it i could use it she said it had those round end caps i dont have any more info. what do you guys think


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Old 07/06/2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Back in the day before the aquarium technology explosion made everything crazy expensive, that was all there was. So certainly you CAN use it. It probably has an F can ballast, so make sure the ballast is not leaking tar, and check the wattage of the ballast before you go out and buy high end VHO T-12 aquarium lamps for it. Chuckles. As for the end caps, I doubt they are "Ice Cap" waterproof "round" endcaps. Sorry, just making light of it. (pun intended) Just keep water out of the endcaps, and a splash shield between the fixture and the tank will take care of that.

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Old 07/06/2009, 10:43 PM   #3
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Old 07/06/2009, 11:13 PM   #4
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plus i dont think i will need the vho t 12 right now


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Old 07/07/2009, 11:57 AM   #5
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plus i dont think i will need the vho t 12 right now
No, you probably don't. GARF has made a science of starting reef tanks at lower light levels, than what is usual. no sense in spending a fortune on a fancy light fixture just starting out.

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Old 07/07/2009, 12:51 PM   #6
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FWIW, another consideration is reflector design - many reef fixtures are built to direct as much of the light as possible straight down, whereas "shop" or "store" fixtures are usually designed to spread the light across as wide an area as possible.


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Old 07/07/2009, 04:56 PM   #7
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ill try to make reflectors


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