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Old 06-18-2012, 12:34 AM   #1 
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New DIY $15 moonlight...

This is my 20 gallon long tank with new DIY moonlight since my coralife fixture won't have them on it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:34 AM   #2 
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Very nice, I assume you used 4 moonlight/blue LEDs? What's the tube made of? Other than encasing/protecting the electrical stuff, does it also distribute/reflect the light around?

lol sorry for the questions, it looks pretty neat and I might try it myself!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:09 AM   #3 
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It's actually a sylvania led light flute from the home depot. It has 4 white leds. I wrapped blue plastic from a candy bag around the tubes to give it the blue color. I had to dremel the side of the tube to wire it to a 5v power adapter. The light was like 10.30 and the parts were like $5.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:45 AM   #4 
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It looks pretty cool.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #5 
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Wish I was that talented:) Looks great!!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:18 PM   #6 
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I wrapped blue plastic from a candy bag around the tubes to give it the blue color.
OH YEAH? That's pretty awesome, haha! It looks legitimately like a blue LED

Ohh I see it now, I thought those wraps were electrical tape, nice!

Thanks for responding :D
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #7 
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you can also go to autoparts store and get the blue led strips for auto, but you need a 12v power supply that you can get from Radio Shack
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #8 
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True but then you might as well buy one of the fixtures designed for aquariums for $50. The strip from the autopart stores around here are around 30-35 and then the 12v power supplies are way over priced at the shack a minimum of 20 depending on the amperage you get. That was actually my first thought of how to do this. After I found out the prices I was like well that doesn't make much sense. I actually gutted an old phone charger for the power supply which admittedly saved me a good chunk if I had bought it too.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:23 PM   #9 
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@freemike you're right when you put it that way. I picked up mine for about $8(US) and had the power supply floating around.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:34 AM   #10 
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Pretty awesome, Mike! I'd like to get some moonlighting for my softwater community because my loaches are mainly nocturnal. It seems like DIY is the way to go with these things. Everything that I have found is really expensive.
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