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On 6/7/2021 at 5:23 PM, gardenman said:

The Supreme Super King power filters were neat. They filtered 600 GPH and were very well made. I used one for over a decade. Someone has one for sale on eBay for $400. I think I paid $60 for mine, but that was probably 40-45 years ago.

I wasn’t even aware of that one, it would have been out of my budget as a kid in the ‘80s. 

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9 hours ago, Tanked said:

The chrome/stainless lights usually found on the 10 gallon size.  They also came in a full hood version, and were hot enough to burn you or at least keep your coffee warm.  They would be perfect with todays LED bulbs

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My mom had a similar one but for my first tank she splurged and bought me a fluorescent hood. 

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9 hours ago, Tanked said:

The chrome/stainless lights usually found on the 10 gallon size.  They also came in a full hood version, and were hot enough to burn you or at least keep your coffee warm.  They would be perfect with todays LED bulbs

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I was using one with a pair of LED daylight bulbs (6500K) but the bulbs had a very short lifespan in the fixture (2-3 months.) I don't know whether it was the horizontal orientation or possibly heat buildup in the largely enclosed fixture, but the LED bulbs did not last very long at all. 

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12 hours ago, Frank said:

Dynaflo HOB filters. You could direct the outflow in whichever direction you wanted. 

 

 

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I used a Dynaflo as the mechanical filter for my first Marine tank many years ago. I used a Nektonics UG filter for the biofilter. I liked the old top-down filtration of the old HOB's as you could layer filter material and then just peel off a layer as it became soiled. You didn't even have to shut down the filter to clean it. (At least until you got to the bottom layer.) Modern HOBs are either cartridge based, or like the Aquaclears, filter from the bottom up, so you can't just peel off the soiled filter layer. The siphon tubes were a bit of a pain, but they worked.

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12 hours ago, gardenman said:

I was using one with a pair of LED daylight bulbs (6500K) but the bulbs had a very short lifespan in the fixture (2-3 months.) I don't know whether it was the horizontal orientation or possibly heat buildup in the largely enclosed fixture, but the LED bulbs did not last very long at all. 

I'm in month 9 with my DIY 65w. (6500k) LED  mounted horizontally  inside a 7oz. fish food can.  The pictured bulb is an ECOSMART from Home Depot, running just over 8 hours a day. It's kind of ugly, seen from this angle, but the the only expense was the bulb.

The vintage fixture would be better.

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1 hour ago, Tanked said:

I'm in month 9 with my DIY 65w. (6500k) LED  mounted horizontally  inside a 7oz. fish food can.  The pictured bulb is an ECOSMART from Home Depot, running just over 8 hours a day. It's kind of ugly, seen from this angle, but the the only expense was the bulb.

The vintage fixture would be better.

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@Tanked, that’s awesome! 

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