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Re: 20 gal/15 watts-solution

>Anton wrote:

>      I have fallen heir to the typical flourescent light that comes with a 20
> gallon tank...the bulb is a whopping 15 watts..


I also have a 20 gallon with the perfecto-type hood. You're right 
that one bulb will not cut it, as I also thought. Here's what I did 
and it is working *very* well. I first removed the glass; oooh, I 
know it's dangerous. I gutted the hood components out; ballast, 
starter, everything. I had saved an old desk lamp from college. It 
was a double bulb 18 incher. I gutted the lamp. The old lamp had the 
two bulb ends on a handy guide. The guide fit right into my hood. 
There was no room for the ballast, so I mounted them outside 
on the back of the hood. They get warm, but I haven't noticed any 
heat problems from them on the plastic. I mounted the starters in the 
hood, one at either end; there is room. I installed an aluminum 
reflector inside, also. There in a plug for each ballast, that's the 
only drawback, unless you get a bigger ballast that'll run both 
lights. My ballasts were old and made a humming sound when on. To 
Lowes I went, where I bought two new ones for ~$2.50 each. Man what a 
difference it made, almost like night and day. Then, of course, you 
can buy a double light hood by Perfecto for ~$60 in the ThatFishPlace 
catalogue. Try a little experimenting, ask old buddies for their desk 
lamps, you can make a killer hood!
Jamie Johnson         "Keep your eyes on the stars
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