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Headache - help - light stand

Hey everyone,
I rent an apartment, and i can't have an hanging kit and i have a big headache right now to figure out on how to built a nice classy light stand for my tank.

Any idea ?

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What is the light?
Some come with mounting legs atop the tank.
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probably get 2 AI prime or 2 radion. In both case, my euro brace is not suitable for their extensible light stand.
My other idea is to make a wood stand over the tank, but it will remove all the charm of a nice clear tank.
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You could go with a metal rail stood on the floor to give you something to suspend from without making holes in the ceiling, or similar but bolted to the stand. It's a bit trick with the overflow box as that would be the obviously side to have had a pole come up. You could have something come up in the corner and curve over, or if there is space between the wall behind. I would go for metal rather than wood so it doesn't need to be as chunky.
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Maybe i can built a aluminium stand with those rail ? Do you know what is the name of this ?

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I built a light rack to hang 2 AI Primes from out of painted 1/2" iron pipe and fittings. Bolted to the back of the stand. Your overflow complicates it but you may have enough room on either side of it. Hard to tell in your pics. If you don't have enough room to mount the pipe flush against the stand, you could get flanges to extend the pipe horizontally away from the stand and then go vertical.



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An alternative - Get something like a Fluval 3.0 Planted that will stretch the length of your tank and just lay it on top of the acrylic. Super easy but maybe not as clean as you'd like
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4 plex rods for "feet.. and a crosspiece..

https://www.onlinemetals.com/merchan...yABEgIf2vD_BwE

suggest grey (if you can get it) to match..

Maybe just the legs
top sheet can be clear..
https://www.estreetplastics.com/1-di...5241000012.htm


like that w/ legs .. .. and thinner...and cut outs...


http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/pvc_type1_rod

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Xenaph - That material is 'T-Slotted Aluminum Extrusion'. It is wonderful stuff and if you PM me I can point you where to buy all the accesories to use it in the construction of a light stand.

I used it to build a frame for my light and a hinged top because my cats were always trying to get at the fish. It also fits 1/4" plexi in the slot which I used to block the cats from sticking their paws into the tank on the left end. My tank is quite different though and has a frame on top that the legs dropped very nicely in to.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...lid-frame.html

PM me if you need to be pointed to more accessories for that material. It is awesome stuff.
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Xenaph - That material is 'T-Slotted Aluminum Extrusion'. It is wonderful stuff and if you PM me I can point you where to buy all the accesories to use it in the construction of a light stand.
At previous job, we used those in conjunction with an Arduino and LED light strips like these: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2328
If I were a bit more confident in suspending my soldering "skills" over water, I'd be programming a light show with a REST API right about now.


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