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Methods for raising light fixture

So I recently upgraded from a 24" 3 bulb Aqueon Modular LED fixture to a 24" Finnex Ray 2. Needless to say, for those wondering, it was a HUGE increase in light intensity.

However, I am also in my first week of pressurized CO2 with a solenoid, as well as keeping up with ferts.

My problem is the hair algae (and possibly BBA based on the darkness and shortness of the strands) and the GSA are blooming as a result of the increase in intensity.

With that said, I am being DILIGENT about dosing EI ferts (P, N, K, and Trace) and my CO2 is stable at green slight yellow during the day.

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 10-20ppm
Phosphate: 1-2ppm
GH: 10 dkh

I am trimming as much of the infestation as I can, but I don't want to stunt the growth. My question is, should I wait a few more weeks to see if my new CO2 and fert routine slows it down, or should I raise my light off the surface?

If I raise the light, any common methods for doing so? I can't hang it from the ceiling, so I'll have to prop it up. I do not use a tank cover, because the joint in the middle completely blocks all light down the center.
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Raising your light will help, but going off a drop checker for co2 enrichment is not the most accurate, or up to date picture. Following PH and KH is the most reliable method that I have seen explained. I think reading your fish, and plants is also better, as some fish can't deal with 15ppm CO2, and some can stand 40ppm co2. Setting co2 to what a drop checker is happy with, will not always be the best for the plants as well.
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Make a DIY bent conduit light bar for your tank if you have a stand you can attach it to. I personally love mine for my ATI fixture. Tom has a nice thread about them here. I didn't use the fasteners he did, though. I used the open style single screw ones. More flexibility with the fixture. This thread is rather old, by the way. You can also hang the light without using any types of bolts. Just make a wire loop at the top and hang it on the conduit that way.

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J/K. Here's a few creative ideas from some awesome members. You could also consider window screen.









https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfJtKMxV3AY

And I know you said you couldn't hang from the ceiling but this one is nicely done.



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If I raise the light, any common methods for doing so?
im working on the same thing with my ray 2, my plan is to buy shelving brackets and mount them to the wall behind the tank so it will be constantly adjustable!

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I would love to help you but I don't assist cheeseheads.
i live in Illinois and wish i was born in wisconsin, im a cheesehead wanna be! LOL

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Another idea is to use mounting brackets from Hagen GLO fixture: they have 4 height settings, the highest being 6" off the tank. You can get a new set on line for ~$8.

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Home Depot or Lowes......PVC pipes and some joints??? You can make them stylish if you want. Paint them black or something.....


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Clothes Hanger, just remove bottom rack

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Lowe, thanks for the help. You are the most helpful FIB I know
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im working on the same thing with my ray 2, my plan is to buy shelving brackets and mount them to the wall behind the tank so it will be constantly adjustable!
Adjustable shelving from home depot worked perfectly. Brackets on the light fixture fit perfectly on the shelving bracket rails. ClosetMaid® brand. Thanks everyone for the helpful ideas.

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That is great and your tank looks awesome

Gives me the motivation to get mine done this weekend.

Thanks for the follow up on this one!

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Subscribed to this thread, lots of great ideas! thank you.

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I got some racks from Lowes. It's being held up but industrial strength velcro. Very easily adjustable and no holes in the wall thanks to the velcro. It's held up for a couple years now.




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