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Old 02-21-2009, 07:56 PM
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Tonight I received new MH lamps that I ordered from some place for just about half price. I was leary that they would even work but I ordered them anyway.
I had 10,000K lamps but now I have 14,000K for a change.
Of course the new lamps were a couple of inches larger than my old lamps and would not fit in the fixture. No problem, I figured I would just drill a large hole inside the housing to allow the bulb to fit.
I opened it up and found the ballast was right there and I also found everything melted. There was almost no insullation on most of the wires. I am very surprised the thing worked. Luckily, none of the bare wires were touching anything.
Now being I am an electrician I can't put the thing back together like that so I had to go to Home Depot to get some fixture wire which I am surprised they had.
I removed the ballast and mounted it on the outside of the fixture in a seperate box. This way it will run much cooler, not being above the lamp. I also drilled a 2" hole in the back of the fixture to allow some heat to escape and I made all my splices outside the fixture outside that hole, which is a violation but it will work. Whats the sense of being an electrician if I can't install a few violations.
I put the thing back together and it works beautifully.
There are no flames but it looks very blue which I am not used to . The tank used to look like that but not in a couple of years.
In this picture the 14,000 lamp is on the left side and the 10,000 lamp is still on the right.
I will have to do the same thing with the other fixture as soon as I get a chance. I am sure that one is all melted also and the lamp does not fit in it anyway.
These are fixtures I took home from lighting up the Plaza Hotel.
They came with oval shaped lamps and these are tubeular shaped
My old lamps were in there since 2004
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:15 PM
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It is very wierd with those two hermits. I know they don't exhibit parental care or even care about each other but these two are always together.
Sometimes they are almost in each other's shells and I don't know what they are doing Now the female (I think) is walking out on the end of a broken bottle and the male is having a hard time getting there as he is much larger.
They follow each other all over the place which I have never saw with crabs.
Maybe after ten years together they qualify for benefits


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Old 02-23-2009, 06:58 PM
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your old lights looks like it covers more of the tank.i also like the old fixtures whiteness.just my opinion
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:13 PM
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Yeah I know what you mean. It was white for many years, now it's blue.
As long as it lives I am happy

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:02 PM
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I contacted Ocean Nutrition foods that make a variety of frozen and dry foods to see if they could manufacture a feed specifically for fish with smaller mouths like copperbands. I told them about a tiny fish I sometimes get in Asian markets to feed my fish but those fish, which are baby anchovies are dried and hard for fish to eat unless they are soaked for a long time.
I also told them that we could use frozen blackworms for people who do not have access to live worms.
They called me right back and are giving me some samples of new foods they are making and they like the idea of the tiny whole fish for food.
They are comiing to my home next week to discuss these foods and give me the samples.
They said they know of me. I must be famous
Maybe we could get some better foods for copperbands and other fish.
They also sell frozen worms in Europe and will look into the possability of selling them in the states if there is a large enough market.
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I bet some of those guys are lurkers here on the forums.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:50 PM
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I bet they are
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:04 PM
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To update these guys, all 5 of them are doing real well. Now they swim in the front but not always. I saw all five of them just now so I know they are still OK
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I took some pictures with the new 14m,000k lamps as opposed to my 5 year old 10,000K lamps.
I like how you can see all the scratches on my old glass


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looks nice with new color bulbs. how old is that cardinal
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