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Old 07-16-2014, 01:32 AM   #1
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DIY Hanging Sliding Lights holder for Aquarium tank

When I bought the aquarium tank from the fish shop, I didn't realised that the sides of the fish tank are covered by glass hence my T5 lights clamps cannot actually slide into the sides & clamp down securely.

The 2nd problem I faced was when I'm cleaning the tank and catching the fishes or rearranging my decorations, the lights always obstruct my hands making it hard for me to do my maintenance.

These two problems bothered me quite a while and I had to search online for solutions.

The final solution that I found on youtube is some light hanging kit which my fish shops don't really sell at all and refer me to hardware shops which don't sell a complete set specifically for hanging aquarium lights.

So eventually, I had to DIY (Do it yourself) a hanging slider lights holder for my aquarium tank.

I bought a few PVC pipes from the fish shops and lot's of connectors elbows & T-joints, some hanging screws nuts & washer, chains and eventually the curtain slider rods.

I don't really know the actual name of the items so if you want can show them this video so they can find you the items.

The PVC pipes I got from fish shops and the rest I gotten from hardware shop.

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Old 07-16-2014, 04:22 AM   #2
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That is a pretty clever idea. I almost hate to say it but you're right, it is kind of unsightly. But it works & makes life easier so sometimes that's all that matters. If there was a way to eliminate the front PVC pipes & still be stable I think it would look much better especially since you're using clear PVC. Or maybe if it wasn't so tall. But I do like the idea of sliding the lights back/forth.

I used a couple hanging plant pulleys for my lights -- one on each end. Similar to these: : Easy Reach Plant Pulley(Set of 2) : Plant Hooks : Patio, Lawn & Garden : Easy Reach Plant Pulley(Set of 2) : Plant Hooks : Patio, Lawn & Garden
. It lets me raise/lower my fixtures. The pulley is a bit big & would be considered unsightly to others but it makes it so much easier to work in the tank. Where my tank sits is under the bulkhead for duct work so the ceiling was low enough I didn't need to use additional chain like I would have if the ceiling was regular height. I used those eye-bolts in the ceiling & hung the pulley's from them. Nice thing about them is if I ever need more light I can lower my fixtures or if too much light can raise them.

About your video, I like how you inset yourself in the corner while still showing the items you're talking about. Makes it nice to see you & your steady pic while at the same time see what you're referring to. And it's not jerky like some people when they're trying to talk & film at same time. Good job!
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