I was getting really tired of having these bulky ugly things holding my lights up OR just having too much light on my tanks. I decided to go to Home Depot and picked up some PVC pipes and some joints to create a little cheap stand. I applied to to two tanks, a 20G Long and a 150G.
I first cut off part of the PVC so it could sit flat, then used the cut part to help it stand up. Just taking hot glue, I attached it to the counter top like this:
The top part where the light fits in was pretty easy. I just cut a slit to let the bar fit and it sits perfectly:
And I attached the other end to the wall with command strip coat hangers:
On the 150G I couldn't glue the PVC right onto the tank because it wouldn't stick. It would have been a very poorly constructed stand. I took a wooden ruler and glued the PVC to it. That allowed me to glue the flat wider bottom of the wood to the tank like this:
I'm REALLY happy with the results. It's looks really nice in comparison to what I had and now all I have to do is paint it or color it. I know, I should have painted it before...but I'll get there. I'm going to make it look really nice later on. I just wanted it set up because I was using the weirdest things.
Here is the 150G:
Cost of materials:
- Two 24" long 1/2" thick PVC pipe - $3
- Six three input PVC joints - $3.60
That's pretty damn cheap for what I got. Wow...I just thought about running the wires down the PVC pipe to hide them...we'll I'll be doing that at some point.