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    1. Sashoke - Wow thanks so much for doing this Knuckles, I think this might be the best giveaway ive seen on this site!
    2. David F- Inspiring design, thank you so much!
    3. An Isle Ate Her - Thanks, I need to start a grow light setup, this should hold me over for a bit and save me some money =]
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    Thx, thx, =)

    Shipping updated. Fixture weight = 2lbs so it will be $9.

    I also have a few old pics of one of my previous open top terrariums that some may be interested in. These shots show the growth change after switching this tank to a 70w mh light. The plants loved it & I had it mounted 2-3ft above the top.

    Triple flower stalk
    DSCN0065 by blu-bear, on Flickr
    Very tall & leaves beginning to blush
    DSCN0012 by blu-bear, on Flickr
    Old growth brown & new growth size difference with same type of light
    DSCN0069 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    I couldn't find any nice shots of the whole thing but there are many large pitchers. Ill search for other pics of separate tanks when I rummage for the 65000k light. I hope the winner has just as favorable results as I have had in the past.

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    Wow, that's a really cool DIY project. I can't help but chuckle at your first picture of the can of sunlight I got a tank recently so this might be a great setup for it. Thank you!

    1. Sashoke - Wow thanks so much for doing this Knuckles, I think this might be the best giveaway ive seen on this site!
    2. David F- Inspiring design, thank you so much!
    3. An Isle Ate Her - Thanks, I need to start a grow light setup, this should hold me over for a bit and save me some money =]
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    that's one niiiiice can

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    1. Sashoke - Wow thanks so much for doing this Knuckles, I think this might be the best giveaway ive seen on this site!
    2. David F- Inspiring design, thank you so much!
    3. An Isle Ate Her - Thanks, I need to start a grow light setup, this should hold me over for a bit and save me some money =]
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    Not entering, but wow, fantastic and unique giveaway! I look forward to seeing the winner's photos!

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    Thanks fellow plantaholics

    Good news- I found the 65000k bulb yesterday & started its break-in burning for a few hrs. This period should be a few days before showing its true color. It looks great being extremely white & crisp. Metal halide is just about as close as you can get to natural sunlight & plants grown under mh look identical to plants grown under the good ol sun. I will use random.org's number generator tomorrow at 9pm central to select the winner. Here is a little information about MH if you're intimidated by my little sun can.

    There seems to be few interested in this custom grow-light; but, that just means better odds for the participants. This isn't surprising as most CP enthusuasts use fluorescent tubes, sunlight, & sometimes LED. It is extremely common to use retro-fit & DIY metal haldes in other areas. MH is mostly used commercially, with specialty plants, & with corals. It produces a cool bright light with much blue making for a very crisp, natural, & visually appealing result. MH produces a very broad spectrum that is ideal for both vigorous vegetative growth & flowering. The bulb life is around 10000-20000hrs & if you have it on 12hrs a day it will give you about 2-4 yrs of great growth. After that the bulb will still work but is recommended to be replaced. If this giveaway were placed in a reef forum there would be a line out the door for it - lol. Basically, this is a pre-assembled retro-fit mh setup + bulb. Retro-fits are entire light systems in parts that have not yet been assembled allowing the user to customize it for themselves. These usually run for about $100 on the cheap end.

    Here is an example of an enclosed unit: http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/ham...-hqi-de-system.

    Also, try not to be scared of my electrical skills! this isn't my 1st rodeo & I've built many a fixture in my day from scratch for plants/corals including MH, LED, & fluorescent. I do not use high wattage such as 400, 600, or 1000, due to heat & power consumption. I have no need for that much light b/c these are usually for a small surface area of coverage over terrariums, tanks, & racks. I have also built many custom fixtures for fellow reefers. Salty people tend to be obsessive about how appealing their system is, where as plant growers care more for how the plants look.

    Here is the only example of a MH light i could find that I customed into a a friends desk lamp here in TX. The tank isn't running here but you can still see the fixture. I have some unique customs over clam tanks with very nice fixtures on my old computer but need to pull the hard drive.

    DSCN0123 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    As far as heat, if the light is over a rack or open top terrarium it won't be much of an issue. If this light is ever used for seedlings or cuttings it should be about 3 feet up. 1 ft is fine for nepenthes & other cps. A small cooling fan will suffice aimed across the reflector. If you have an old computer lying around you can gut it for a cooling fan & I can show you exactly how. Anything like these fans will work fine. I have so many that I may do another non-cp giveaway soon including a computer cooling fan great for anything.

    DSCN0126 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    Well those will be my closing words before the drawing tomorrow. Good luck to the participants & for anyone else interested please feel free to join. I hope yall had a nice weekend. Yes, I do say yall =P.
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    Thanks for the good info here Knuckles.
    ~Burgeoning connoisseur of all things ventricosa or otherwise tubby.~

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