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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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hanging a light

I wasn't sure where to post this, but I have been having trouble figuring out how to hang my light.

I am about to order a 2x2 custom tank and stand. I do not want to use a light bar that requires drilling into the stand, but obviously will if I have to, but am going for 4 side viewability. I will be using a 4 bulb t5 fixture so will need to be able to adjust up to 36" or so from the substrate to vary from hgih to low light.

Is hanging from the ceiling my only option? It seems like this would be hard to get it anging right. What do I need to consider if going this route?

Is there some means to hang the light from a free standing fixture?

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 09:42 PM
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You could make your own light stand for it w/ the poles for it on the 4 corners of your tank, except it might be an eyesore depending on how crafty you are
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 10:13 PM
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Four conduit pipe as legs bend them as 90degree put them in a three way fitting and bend the top one in a u from top of one t fitting to the other paint it.. Should try bsmething like it and tell me how it works i drilled mine to the stand no legs.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 11:26 PM
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There is a very nice looking hanging system described in this forum, using solid aluminum rods. Search for it. If no one finds it first, I will look for it. The advantage is the small cross section of the rods makes it look good when used for a 4 sides visible tank.

EDIT: Here is one version using solid aluminum rods: Updated DIY Suspended light mount (Lots of pics)

And another: DIY Light mount

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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That would be great. I don't k.ow if I am searching for the wrong terms, but can't seem to find it.

Do you recall who built it or the time frame?

I am about to get a round of quotes on the stand. Already have the tank quote on lock.
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I think the two links I added to my comment may be the ones I remember. I also vaguely remember someone using square tubing to make light hanger bars. It takes a lot of searching to find some of the things we vaguely remember.

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Awesome, you rock sir.

I already got the quote for a stand with side drilled holes for the filter tubing. Maybe i should revise to have everything feed through the top.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 08:38 PM
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If your light fixture is heavy won't the aluminum pipes slowly bend? I see he had some issues in the first link you posted so he made bracers for the pipe.

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