Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
DIY Light Stand for a Metal Tube Aquarium Setup
So I wanted to build myself a light stand that I could attach to the standard metal tube stand that I had. I did a little research and I have seen the ADA style ones but I could not find a pipe bender to bend the pipe myself.
I happen to have friend who is an electrician, so I mentioned it to him, and he said he could get me some 5/8" aluminum tubing and that we could bend that. I thought it would be a little unstable if I went with the ADA style (one length coming up from the back of the aquarium, 90 degree bend out, then 90 degree bend across the top of the aquarium). I figured that the 5/8" tubing just wouldn't hold in that set up, so I decided to go with two lengths of the tubing, with one 90 degree bend in it. The plan was to attach one length to both of the rear legs of the stand, and hang the light from that.
So here is the list of supplies that I used:
2 10ft lengths of 5/8" aluminum tubing
4 pipe clamps
2 3ft lengths of chain (3 ft was actually too much for my set up. Forgot to measure!)
2 3/4" bolt snaps
2 1/8" S hooks
4 3/4" plastic leg tips
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Last edited by Lipticlear; 03-05-2011 at 07:52 PM.
Reason: added info