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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Feet for my light strip?

I have a coralife dual bulb strip light across my tank, and it sits right on top of the glass hood.

Is there anything I could get short of a macguyver job to raise the light a foot or so?

my light looks like this:
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Yeah, I'm making an led and want feet for it.

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does it have the metal extender pieces that come out of the sides?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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no.. it looks exactly like the photo i attached, no extenders... just sits on the canopy like that.. well the 2 sides of the light sit right on top of the frame of the tank, so it doesnt put any weight on the canopy at all
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plus leaving it on the canopy is no bueno for heat buildup.. this sucker gets hot
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 06:46 PM
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Search for Aqualight legs, though they will only raise it 2 -3 inches above the tank rim.

If you need it mounted higher, you'll have to DIY a pair of L-shape conduit legs to hang it or maybe fashion a pair of metal legs that rest on the frame of the tank.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 12:41 AM
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Just curious as 2 y u would want 2 do that? I am running 2 dual bulb Coralife fixtures. each fixture has a Coralife 6700K & a Zoo Med Flura Sun bulb & they both sit right on my glass canopy w/ no issues @ all. Not downing your idea just curious.
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Just curious as 2 y u would want 2 do that? I am running 2 dual bulb Coralife fixtures. each fixture has a Coralife 6700K & a Zoo Med Flura Sun bulb & they both sit right on my glass canopy w/ no issues @ all. Not downing your idea just curious.

Heat build up on the glass. After so long with them on the glass, the glass will eventually shatter. It's happened before. Had a whole mess of broken glass from a 180gal from a 36" light! Just think about glass being heated up and cooled several times a year. Just like if you have a hot glass of water and you add a lot of ice, the glass will shatter.
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Heat build up on the glass. After so long with them on the glass, the glass will eventually shatter. It's happened before. Had a whole mess of broken glass from a 180gal from a 36" light! Just think about glass being heated up and cooled several times a year. Just like if you have a hot glass of water and you add a lot of ice, the glass will shatter.
That, plus I want to keep the lights on longer without risking algae
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Heat build up on the glass. After so long with them on the glass, the glass will eventually shatter. It's happened before. Had a whole mess of broken glass from a 180gal from a 36" light! Just think about glass being heated up and cooled several times a year. Just like if you have a hot glass of water and you add a lot of ice, the glass will shatter.
Keep that glass clean and typical retail aquarium glass tops won't shatter. My own Coralife 4 x 65w PC (48") sat on top of a standard 55 w/glass tops for four years without any heat issues. I eventually wised up to the fact that 260w of PC is a bit much for a 55g, and replaced the fixture with something more suitable for the amount of CO2 the fish can handle.

mullenium - I am unaware of any commercially available 1' "legs" for that particular fixture. I imagine you will need to mcgyver it as suggested above or by using a suspension kit modified for your situation.
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