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DIY aqueon hood mod

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  1. FishTank Maniacz

    FishTank Maniacz Well Known Member Member

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    So for my 55 gallon tank the lighting was still not very bright even I just upgraded with new lights this past week. It has the two aqueon deluxe hoods. With those two hoods I don't get very much light. I decided I would do a mod to get a lot more light. I lifted up the hood and found under each one is a 15 inch bulb. On each side of the bulb is a small little open area. I thought to myself..... Hey! A cfl bulb could maybe fit there! If I did that I would be able to use four bulbs.

    So I looked around at what I had at home to wire it all up. Sure enough I had everything. It took a few hours but the tank now looks amazing!!
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    I'll get some before and after pictures tonight. Right now there is too much glare on the tank.
     
  2. Adam55

    Adam55 Well Known Member Member

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    Good thinking, and you saved a ton of money. Please do post some pics.
     
  3. FishTank Maniacz

    FishTank Maniacz Well Known Member Member

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    Ok! And thanks! Also yes I saved a ton of money! Each bulb was only 50 cents, haha
     
  4. SW5

    SW5 Well Known Member Member

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    Great thinking! I should do this on my Aqueon hood!
     
  5. NCE12940

    NCE12940 Well Known Member Member

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    Very clever! :clapping:
     
  6. FishTank Maniacz

    FishTank Maniacz Well Known Member Member

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    Ok here's the pictures. And just to tell you the difference is even more amazing in real life.....it is by far my favorite mod I have ever done. The plants are going to love it too!

    Two 18 inch strips:
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    Two 18 inch strips and the 4 cfls:
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  7. FishTank Maniacz

    FishTank Maniacz Well Known Member Member

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    Another angle. You can see how much it lights up my room compared to before :)

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  8. Adam55

    Adam55 Well Known Member Member

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    That looks amazing.
     
  9. troyvsc

    troyvsc Well Known Member Member

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    That's crazy better. Good job.
     
  10. Rivieraneo

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    looks good!!, you may consider coating the inside of the hood where you placed the new bulb with some heat resistant engine paint so it doesn't warp the plastic.
     
  11. FishTank Maniacz

    FishTank Maniacz Well Known Member Member

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    Thanks everyone! And also that's a smart idea Rivieraneo!
     
  12. FishTank Maniacz

    FishTank Maniacz Well Known Member Member

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    This video you can tell how much better it really is. But sorry for the large glare on the tank
    [video=youtube;eHev9TwpOyE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHev9TwpOyE[/video]
     
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