Finally, found a canopy for my AP700 :)

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  1. sil40sx

    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    I've been wanting to add T5 to supplement my AP700, first option was the Aquaticlife Hybrid, but I got impatient waiting for them to be released from customs, so I just picked this 6 x 36" ATI for a very reasonable price. With just a little DIY, its gonna be a perfect hybrid.

    It's going to be a fun wrecking and dremel'ing long day, LOL.

    I'll update the thread on how will it go. Happy weekend!

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    Following along ! :)
     
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    dang Kessil, they don't use a connector, not a single one, everything is soldered. Goodbye warranty. LOL

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    Following. I was surprised to see you taking the ap700 apart. I had entertained doing what you’re doing but was thinking about just securing the ap700 into the center of the power module and cutting our fan holes on the top of the power module.
     
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    Yeah, that's was the original plan. Just attatch it to the t5 fixture using the canopy mounting arms and just call it a day,. But since I have a Dino's in my tank right now, it's perfect time not to have lights for 2-3 days anyways, so I said to heck with it! LOL
     
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    You sir are gutsier than me lol
     
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    Hehehe - this happens when I get bored.


    Base part is done and installed, minus wiring's and mesh to cover the old ATI fan holes.

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    Next will be drilling holes for the lens cover, and get done with the messy part.

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    Oh, wow! It's only money! Good luck on this endeavor! :D
     
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    Wow. Following
     
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    Hopefully it will turn out ok. If I break the AP700, I will have to settle with T5 fixture only, because I can't afford to get another LED fixture. LOL
     
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    Well if this works I may have to hire you to retro mine ;)
     
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    We'll see how it goes, and hopefully I can finish it in a timely manner. Otherwise, my SPS will hunt me in my dreams. LOL
     
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    So there's nothing over the tank as you're doing this? Chop chop my good fellow! Lol
     
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    Nope, I'm starving my Dinoflagellates ;)
     
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    Ha! That's a good way to look at it!!
     
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    You could always send it back in for a non-warranty repair. :)
     
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    I know right? Then tell them, I don't know why the wires are missing. LOL
     
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    Some nicks here and there, but it's good enough.

    Looks like I will be able to fire this up before midnight ;)

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    I've never been more excited for something in my life...i hope there's a video to go with it :)
     
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    Hahaha - Pictures for sure, I'm not good at videos

    Screws are in and secured. Time to solder some wires and connectors

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