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Old 07-04-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Figured out a way to lower Planted+!


Just reversed the legs and rested the whole thing on the tank on the 'railings' that the legs form (the two pieces of plastic that project out).

Or, a couple of sturdy chopsticks could also work in a pinch.

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Old 07-04-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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Nice. If it was me, I'd be so paranoid of knocking it into the qater
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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Neater than lots of other mods I've seen.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:02 PM   #4
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Why the need for such a small drop? Aesthetics? I think it looks better and safer with the legs on the right way.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:18 PM   #5
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Why the need for such a small drop? Aesthetics? I think it looks better and safer with the legs on the right way.
+1 indeed
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:51 PM   #6
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Why the need for such a small drop? Aesthetics? I think it looks better and safer with the legs on the right way.
I just measured and it is now sitting at 10"from the substrate vs. 12".

As for why, three reasons:
1. To get more lighting to the bottom of the tank
2. To make the light an even lower profile than it already is and finally,
3. We do what we must because we can!
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Old 07-05-2014, 01:07 AM   #7
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I'm with ya on #3.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:49 AM   #8
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I just measured and it is now sitting at 10"from the substrate vs. 12".

As for why, three reasons:
1. To get more lighting to the bottom of the tank
2. To make the light an even lower profile than it already is and finally,
3. We do what we must because we can!
I hope you remove the light when you're doing maintenance on that tank.
As to why, three reasons:
1. To avoid having the light fall to the bottom of the tank
2. To make sure the light doesn't have an even lower profile than it already is and finally,
3. Electric shock does what it must because it can!
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:40 PM   #9
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I hope you remove the light when you're doing maintenance on that tank.
As to why, three reasons:
1. To avoid having the light fall to the bottom of the tank
2. To make sure the light doesn't have an even lower profile than it already is and finally,
3. Electric shock does what it must because it can!
I actually do remove the lights before WC as my water container would not fit in the tank otherwise. As for maintenance, I move the lights off to the back right next to the back wall to give myself room for maneuvering.

The two reversed stands have the plastic curving upwards. That prevents the fixture from moving in the Y and Z axis as they form a kind of a wedge and wedge the fixture on the tank sidewalls.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:49 PM   #10
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I hope you remove the light when you're doing maintenance on that tank.
As to why, three reasons:
1. To avoid having the light fall to the bottom of the tank
2. To make sure the light doesn't have an even lower profile than it already is and finally,
3. Electric shock does what it must because it can!
While it is often ignored as too difficult, A $15 GFCI outlet is really a good investment to save lots of worry. If one doesn't want to do the box change, there are plug-in types available.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:57 PM   #11
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While it is often ignored as too difficult, A $15 GFCI outlet is really a good investment to save lots of worry. If one doesn't want to do the box change, there are plug-in types available.
Don't LEDs come out of a low voltage transformer so a gfi would do little?
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:06 AM   #12
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While it is often ignored as too difficult, A $15 GFCI outlet is really a good investment to save lots of worry. If one doesn't want to do the box change, there are plug-in types available.
Heck, for $20 you can do the circuit breaker.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:14 AM   #13
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Don't LEDs come out of a low voltage transformer so a gfi would do little?
The point of using a GFCI would be to cover all the electrical around the tank. silly little things are the norm for many of us and it can kill us. Most anybody is prone to reaching down with a wet hand to unplug something.
Funny thing I notice about human nature? We are not at all bothered by paying lots for life insurance to help our family in case we get killed but we find all kinds of reasons not to spend $20 to keep it from happening!!!
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:44 AM   #14
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you can just remove the legs entirely and rest the light directly on the tank lip...? It'd be lower yet and about equally perilous.
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:07 AM   #15
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Doesnt seem like there's enough play side to side to let it to fall in the water. Looks fine to me.
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