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familyman03 01-21-2011 12:48 AM

Cheap way to hold light above tank?
 
I am looking to mount my light fixture above my 20 gallon long tanks and would like to know what is the cheapest and best method for mounting them to the tank? I do not know what they are called or how they work but I would also like to know what the stands that everyone is using on their tanks?

oldpunk78 01-21-2011 01:04 AM

light bars

http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/f...4/IMAG0077.jpg

super cheap. all you need is some wire conduit, a conduit bender(use the return), and some a few conduit brackets. all can be found at home depot or lowes.

redfishsc 01-21-2011 02:02 AM

You can also make those hanging brackets with PVC if your light isn't terribly heavy. Looks somewhat odd if your house is a well decorated, tasteful house.

But if you're a "transmission sitting on the kitchen table" sort of redneck like most of my fellow plant tank keepers, it fits right in. Just spray it black.

Captivate05 01-21-2011 02:24 AM

Conduit pipe, pipe bender, chains, brackets, screws. Take the pipe bender back, and it's like $10 including spray paint. They look very elegant and work extremely well!

familyman03 01-21-2011 03:06 AM

how do you mount them to the tank? What are the ones I see ada tanks called? I do like the cost and effectiveness of the conduit but I do not know how to mount it to the back of the tank? Any help is greatly appreciated.

redfishsc 01-21-2011 03:13 AM

You should mount them to the back of your stand.

You can either buy metal band "C" clips that wrap halfway around the pipe, and you shoot screws through the clip to hold the pipe on, or you can just shoot screws directly through the pipe (pre-drill the pipe and then use wood screws to go into the stand).

oldpunk78 01-21-2011 03:40 AM

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Originally Posted by familyman03 (Post 1265804)
how do you mount them to the tank? What are the ones I see ada tanks called? I do like the cost and effectiveness of the conduit but I do not know how to mount it to the back of the tank? Any help is greatly appreciated.

not sure about the ada set-up, but here's the way I did it:
http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/f...000_0845-1.jpg

familyman03 01-21-2011 05:45 AM

Well the screw option may or may not work the tank sit on top of my wife's bookshelf so is there any other ways. I still would like to know what the light "holders" are called on the sides of the tank that I see on peoples tanks. I do like the concept of the pipe is there a clamp out there that can hold it on to the rim of the tank?


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