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Marina 54 Lighting Failure

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Marina 54 lighting failure
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:31:44 AM »
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Hi Everyone,

I have a Marina 54 aquarium that has a faulty light now.
Its a good few years old so I can't moan too much. I've tried replacing the tube, but it still doesn't work so i've come to the conclusion I need a new light.

Its currently built into the underside of the lid.

What should I replace it with? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Craig

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Re: Marina 54 lighting failure
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 09:38:19 AM »
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Can you show us a photo of the light so we can see exactly how it is attached, please.
Does it use a standard fluorescent tube with pins at each end, or the 'folded' type with pins only at one end, or something completely different?

Your options depend on the type of light tube it uses. For straight fluorescent with pins at each end you can replace the ballast, but that does need a certain level of DIY skills and the right tools for sealing things afterwards. Or there are LED tubes which have their own power supply and just use the lamp holders in the lid to hold the LED in place.

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Re: Marina 54 lighting failure
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 05:19:02 PM »
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Ah - you have exactly the same tank as I have. This also happened to me - and I contacted Hagen Marina directly about it. I'll dig out my post and add it to this thread as I think I might also have included details of the communication with the manufacturers (or, if not, I'll dig that out and let you know their response).

[Updated to add: I thought I had a thread on this but it seems it was only a few mentions of it in https://forums.thinkfish.co.uk/general-fishkeeping-chat/think-fish-keepers-daily-news/msg32550/#msg32550, with posts 602 and 625 and possibly a few in between referring to it.]

[Updated to add e-mail exchange with Hagen on 31/01/2017 and reply the following day:
Hello, I bought the Marina 54L aquarium in Oct 2014 and all has been functioning well since. However, the light stopped functioning yesterday and I assumed that the bulb required replacing. I've tried 2 new bulbs in it, with no luck. The fuse in the plug socket has been changed to a new one, different plug sockets have been tried, all to no avail. We've unscrewed the lighting unit and removed its cover - all the wires are connected as they should be. We thought it was best not to tamper with the white box "electric ballast", however. I'd be grateful for your advice on what to do next.
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The light ballast within the canopy will have failed, this is not a replacable part and a new canopy will need to be purchased. Below is the links to the replacement canopys from our spares website, I have sent links for both colours.
http://uk.hagen.com/Aquatic/Replacement-Parts/A3545B
http://uk.hagen.com/Aquatic/Replacement-Parts/A3546B]


Ultimately, I ended up purchasing a new lid/hood of the tank which was expensive but neither I nor Mr FCMF had sufficient DIY skills to do otherwise. [Updated to add: I've checked the details and I ordered it from Complete Aquatics as it was slightly cheaper at the time.] Since getting that replacement, and I see this was over two years ago, this has been absolutely fine and the bulb hasn't required replacing either [large touchwood as I see that I'm approaching the 2yr,3mth lifespan that the previous one lasted for!].

Hope that's helpful.


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Re: Marina 54 lighting failure
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 05:52:26 PM »
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Hmmm - following my reply above, it looks as though this might be more difficult than thought.  I'm struggling to find this canopy/lid/hood on Hagen Marina's website anymore, likely because this and the 84-litre tank has been discontinued. Complete Aquatics states that it's out of stock but can be back-ordered. I'm almost certain that this happened to me but was delivered within a week so wasn't a problem. Having said that, if Hagen Marina don't stock it anymore, you may have difficulty getting hold of it. I'll have a hunt around for you...

[Updated to add:
OK, so PetPlanet and Jolleyes no longer stock it. It looks as though Complete Aquatics and Midland Waterlife can order it in. I've used Complete Aquatics a few times and find them very good and reliable - it might be worth giving them a call to find out the likelihood of them being able to get it in.
If no luck, then it may be worth seeing if you can find another tank with a 60x30cm footprint (Aquael Leddy 60 and Ciano Aqua LED 60 are two examples) and whose lids *might* fit your tank depending on how they're set up... Complete Aquatics may be able to advise on this.]


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Re: Marina 54 lighting failure
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 06:38:14 PM »
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I used to have an Eheim Aquastar tank which was 54 litres nominal volume, 60 x 30 cm footprint. It came with a hood which held a standard type fluorescent tube. I replaced it with an LED retrofit tube. There was only one make at the time, there are probably more now though. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Superfish-T8-Super-Bright-LED-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Light-30w/223382587097?hash=item3402a3c6d9:g:YvwAAOSwAdhcYLdb

They now make T8 and T5 sizes and three different colours - I bought super bright. I also have two of these tubes over my 180 litre tank.

If you look at the photo on the box in that link you'll see the tube has plastic end caps with prongs that stick out like a fluorescent tube. You use these to place it in the lamp holders in the hood, but it has it's own power supply. Since the ballast on yours has broken, you may as well just remove the mains cable attached to the hood as it will just get in the way.
If you decided to go down this route, just measure the tube you have now to get the correct size.

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Re: Marina 54 lighting failure
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 11:12:25 AM »
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Much appreciated!

Its just a T8 lamp I believe. I've tried a new tube with no joy.

From what I can see, it is just held in place by 4 screws so I should be able to just remove it and then fit something in its place hopefully!


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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 11:21:07 AM »
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It should be possible to replace the ballast. If there's any writing on it giving the watts, or whatever, make sure you get the same type. And make a note of which terminal each strand of the cables are attached to. There should be two sets, one from the mains and another set connected to the lamp holders

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