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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-19-2020, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Plant 3.0 LED

Hi, I have two of these on two different tanks, love how much I can control the lighting. However, I really want to raise them up over the glass for easier maintenance. I have no way to hang from the ceiling, so cannot use the hanging kits. They are just sitting on top of the glass on a rimless tank right now.

Could I use the Current LED Adjustable Tank Mount Bracket - https://www.marinedepot.com/current-...mount-bracket?

Has anyone else found a solution?

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Hi, I have two of these on two different tanks, love how much I can control the lighting. However, I really want to raise them up over the glass for easier maintenance. I have no way to hang from the ceiling, so cannot use the hanging kits. They are just sitting on top of the glass on a rimless tank right now.

Has anyone else found a solution?

Thank you!!!
Yup. I made my own risers for it. Love this light, but love it even more after this modification. Here’s what I did:

https://www.plantedtank.net/#/topics/1297683

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Hi, thanks for the feedback; I clicked on the link but do not find the topic. I am not sure how to search the number. Curious to see what you did, of course, but likely out of my skill set!!
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@fatguy, that link isn't taking us to the thread. I'd look through post history but you have over 1K posts.

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@fatguy, that link isn't taking us to the thread. I'd look through post history but you have over 1K posts.
Weird let me try it again. (Or you can look through 1k of my posts)

Click here:

DIY Led Risers

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Yea, that link worked, thank you!!! But, as I said, I am somewhat challenged when it comes to some of this stuff. Would you be so good as to share the dimensions of the plexiglass? How did you create an opening for it to fit over the rim of the tank? Are you happy with the 5" above tank with the Fluval 3.0? I do like the light as well, but your comment on the spread was helpful.

Thank you, thank you!!!

Fluval just sent me a link to some 3D printed ones, but they are kind of ugly! Yours look great, you should 'market' them!!

Bump: Fluval just sent me a link to some 3D printed ones, but they are kind of ugly! Yours look great, you should 'market' them!!

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This user has some nice riser bracket over the tank.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/8...ou-all-do.html

There many DIY things you can hang light from. This one gets you a shelf above tank for fishfood and stuff.



If you could post a a pic of your tank and setup someone around here can probably come up with a solution.
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I have had the Fluval 3.0 for 5 weeks now. I was lucky because the Fluval 34 gallon aquarium came with 5 inch risers built into the tank design. I tried putting the strip directly above the surface, but the light distribution was bad. Since putting it on the risers again I have found that there is far better coverage, and no areas without adequate light ! Hope you find a solution soon 😊
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Thanks for all the input; I don't have a wall high enough behind tank to do anything there. I ordered the mounting clips, finally found them in the US, for the Fluval 3.0 and the Current tank mount bracket. We shall see when they arrive if it works. I have also looked at grow light stands and may try one of those.

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Have you tried mounting it yet? How did it go? I am looking into mounting one also and was hoping the Current USA mount worked for you. Where did you get the mounting clips from? Thanks
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I have the current led mounts but the problem with them is that they are ugly and really long. They also arent perfectly even. One's angle is larger than the other's at the elbow which makes for a crooked light.

Also, one of these in the middle will NOT hold an led light perfectly straight. It ties one way or the other.
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I have the current led mounts but the problem with them is that they are ugly and really long. They also arent perfectly even. One's angle is larger than the other's at the elbow which makes for a crooked light.

Also, one of these in the middle will NOT hold an led light perfectly straight. It ties one way or the other.
That's unfortunate. I am in the planning stage of Innovative Marine 30L build and was trying to figure out how to mount a Fluval Plant 3.0 to the rear as well. I can't hang mine and because of the IM 30L length (35.43") and the Fluval 3.0 Plant being 36", I am worried about the overhang might be a problem with it just sitting on the sides of the tank. Another alternative would be to purchase 2x Fluval Plant 3.0 Nano Lights which I can mount on the back, but am not sure it would have the equivalent light benefit as a full 36" strip of lights. Any further input would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Hi, you are right, the Current LED mount is ugly plus does not work. The Fluval fixture was too heavy I think and it tipped at an awful angle. I searched forever to find the clips for the Fluval, finally found at Marine and Reef.com. They have both regular clips and a suspension kit, both of which fit the Fluval 3.0. They were super quick with shipping as well. The iGrowtek 2 feet LED Grow Light Stand Rack at Amazon did work and does not look too bad. They have different lengths as well. It has adjustable hanging system with small clips so I put a small ring through the back of the Fluval mounting clip and hooked to that. I did find another system which mounts on the back of a cabinet, Marine and Reef as well, but I have no cabinet to mount to. It may help for you Wonger77. I sure wish Fluval would come up with a system, maybe we could all lobby them!!
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I'm still looking for a good looking mounting kit for the fluval 3.0. Something similar to the twinstar mounts that sit on the sides of the tank.

Haven't found one yet. Seems like a big oversight on fluval's part and is the only reason I didn't buy the light.
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