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
In this photo, all but one side piece has been
attached with the acrylic cement. While the
cement works very well, it's quite runny, so don't
feel bad of some of it goes where you didn't
The acrylic pieces are usually secure enough to
handle within a few minutes after applying the
The fully assembled light canopy has been
sanded with a medium grit sandpaper to help
insure the spraypaint adheres well.
The exterior of the canopy has been painted
with a quick drying flat black paint.
Bits of paper were inserted into the holes on
the top to protect the already painted chrome
interior from overspray.
This ceremic medium base bulb socket has
been disassembled. We'll use the smal screw
and nut to attach the socket to one end of our
light fixture canopy.
While this photo is a bit out of focus, it was
intended to show the recessed area where the
nut goes (same place it came out) to secure the
screw and the socket itself to the inside of the
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do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional