Converting this 2.5 gallon desktop aquarium from a freshwater Betta tank to a
mini marine tank was done in a pretty traditional fashion, however, any marine
aquarist knows a successful marine setup is very much about the right kind of
This project details the lighting solution this weekend do-it-yourselfer found to
work very well for this mini marine aquarium for the office.
Mini 10,000k / Actinic
Hanging Light Fixture
- Crimper tool and two nylon crimp caps.
- A utility knife
- Magic Marker
- straight edge ruler
- Acrylic cement (IPS #16 Acrylic Cement shown)
- Coralife 50/50 Mini-Compact Fluorescent Lamp
- Ceremic medium bulb socket
- 6' extension cord
- Some extruded or cast acrylic sheet
- Black and Chrome spray paint
The acrylic sheet secured between the pieces of
2x4 lumber was purchased at a local hardware
store in the glass (window) section.
Sheets of extruded acrylic are available in a
variety of sizes.
Before placing the sheet between the lumber, A
line was measured and marked to be 3 1/2
inches wide. The goal in this step was to end up
with two pieces of acrylic 8 inches long by 3 1/2
The pieces were cut by using a utility knife to
score the acrylic along the line so when
downward pressure was applied to the area of
acrylic extending from the wood, it would
separate at the scored line. Notice the black
marker line is carefully lined up with the edge of
Two additional pieces of acrylic were
measured and cut to be 2 inches wide at the
top and 3 inches wide at the bottom.
The line going down the center was just for
measurement purposes and was not cut.
These two pices would become the end
pieces of our hanging light fixture.
Just one of two is shown in the photo.
This photo shows how the utility knife is being
used to score the acrylic. The acrylic end
pieces were also placed between the lumber to
control where the acrylic separates (breaks)
when downward pressure is applied.
This photo shows the 2 inch by 8 inch top piece
with a center line drawn for measure.
Holes were drilled about an inch from each end
of the top piece which will be used to route the
extension cord thru.
A step drill bit was used to cut the holes.
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do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional