My 3ft adventure...

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    @Deem - The problem you will have is trying to find the boxed ballasts with endcaps for T5's. T8's are easy to get.
     
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    @MarcHawke - Are there other options that you know of?
     
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    Do you want T5's or T8's? For T8's just go for the all in one ballasts you described. For T5's you could speak to @Moolis from Pet Stop. He was advertising some for R90.00 which I'm sure they will ship to you. Otherwise look into DIY which is what I did. I paid just over R100.00 for a dual 54w T5 ballast from the manufacturers.
     
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    I would like to have T5's :wink:

    How would I go the DIY route? Is yours on the forum? What would I need to buy ect... Thanks
     
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    Thanks @MarcHawke. Yours looks great! Did you get the white electronic ballasts then, and wire it up yourself?
     
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    So did a leak test on my tank and it had a small leak, so took it back to the shop and got given another one. Left it full overnight and seems to be no issues this time :wacko:
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    Did some more work on the hood, cleats and holes added...

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    @Deem - I bought seperate 2x54w dual ballasts and wired them up myself. If you are going with T5's, just remember that they generate a lot of heat. You might need to cut open the back of your canopy for ventilation or install cooling fans. Congrats on the canister.
     
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    Thanks @MarcHawke. I have heard they produce alot of heat, so I have put big holes in the back of the hood. Hopefully it will do the trick!
     
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    Bought the lighting units today. The seemed like an easy option. I bought 2. So that will be 2x39w T5. I bought one Daylight 39w globe. I was hoping to buy another tube (red maybe) any suggestions?

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    Is that the Opple units sold at Builders?
     
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    No its a binglight. They have a website that I found last night too.
     
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    What was the price for the fitting and the tubes?
     
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    The fitting info is here http://www.binglight.co.za/bing/page5.html they were about R130 each, and I paid R20 each for the cables with switches. So came to R300 for both fittings, everything included.

    The tube is a Radiant T5 HO 39w Daylight globe 6500k for R50. So I can get another one or a plant grow one but don't know what to get?
     
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    @Deem what type of wood did you use? looks like pine? also what wood did you use on the top of the hood?
     
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    @hviviers75 Yes I have used pine, for the top as well. Have used it for all my setups :D Really hard to find straight pieces though...
     
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    Cool man how much did the wood cost you? Dont you have issues with the wood warping?
     
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    I got the shelving type, so not the cheapest you can get and went to my local hardware store (Did not shop around) Cost around R200 for all the wood.

    Nope, have not had problems with warping previously. I seal it and cover with paint, and I have alot of air vents in case it gets to hot. Also you got to make sure the pine is straight when you buy the wood, as it could be warped before you begin and then you buggered.
     
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