I've tried previous versions of night / moon lighting in the tank, but none were up to the task:
Moonlight v1 - waterproofed high power LED's attached to the side of the tank - these gave pretty good lighting but there were too many pools of light in the tank, and also the number of wires was pretty unsightly.
Moonlight v2 - Cold cathode lighting (from a PC mod kit) , however as Ive got a large tank (180ltr) and I needed to extend the wires from the cathode tubes to the inverter - however when I did this I found that they no longer worked anywhere near as well (it seems this is a known issue with cathode lights).
So....back to Maplin and moonlights v3 is here!
If you want to see the tank please take a look at Fish Cam where there are 2 streaming live cams! To see how I did this you can view my other instructable HERE.
Step 1: Be Safe!
Water + Electricity dont make happy fun!
If the choice is dead fish or dead people, i know what I'd choose.
Admittedly Ive got a bit more under my fish tank than most (2 Cameras, Firewall, Router, Wireless gateway, 2 Web cams, 2 timers and more.!) but this is a worthwhile investment!
Step 2: The Bits You Will Need (and Maybe Some More!)
1 x 12v power supply (or whatever the LEDs need)
1 (or 2) x Strips of LEDs (or alternatives)
1 x Glue gun
2 x male phono plugs (if installing 2 strips)
2 x female phono plugs (if installing 2 strips)
1 x patience!
1M dual core wire
I decided to use the phono leads as detachable power leads for the lights so I can remove them from the tank easily when cleaning.
nb:/ If you cant get the LED strips then this would easily be achievable using a bunch of leds on a piece of stripboard.
Step 3: Solder on the Wire
Step 4: Measure Where You Want to Install the Strip on Your Tank
Step 5: Water Seal the Connections and Glue to the Tank Lid
Step 6: Waterproof the Stip
Step 7: Connect the Phono Plug and Trunk the Wiring
Step 8: Almost Completed.......
After installing the one light i decided it didnt light quiet enough so I installed another strip onto the other lid on the tank!