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Made a DIY lighting stand for my 10g

Wish I had taken pics throughout the build but I hadn't thought of making a DIY thread on it before it was made...

Here's a couple pictures of the finished product:
front view:

Side view (thats actually a gloss reflection on the right side and not a white spot):


and one of it with my 10g on it:


I originally bought the 10g to float the plants I had being delivered that I wasn't ready for in my other tank builds. Then when I planted my tanks I realized I actually liked the tank on my desk, but didn't like the ghetto temporary light setup I made...

The parts are three of these:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

a 2x4, a piece of 5/8" plywood, half of an old aluminum curtainrod my mum was throwing away that just happened to cut perfectly into 3 15" sections, JB weld, spray primer, black gloss spray paint, an 8' black extension cord I cut the end off of, and two wire nuts.

OH yeah, and 3 6500k, 20w compact flourescent bulbs

Funny to think that a month ago I had no planted tanks, and now I have 4...


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looks good, simple but attractive. Nicely done.
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That's a very nice looking way to use vertical bulbs. It looks elegant!

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Thanks guys!!

When my parents first saw it they said that I must be opening a pizzaria now that I've built my own heat lamp!!!

My wife was pretty surprised at how it came out, she loves it, and my parents have since retracted their critiques since seeing it with the aquarium on it. I've got to admit that it came out surprisingly like what I envisioned as what i wanted.


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A little update on my tank...things are definitely growing nicely...a shot from 20 days later:


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Wow, lots of growth in 20 days! 10 more and you wont see any of your livestock in there


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Thanks for posting this up...

I was browsing Home Depot recently and saw those lights...thought they might be a useful way to solve my lighting issue on the nano tank...but just couldn't figure out a way to rig them up high enough above the tank.

Problem solved


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Wow, lots of growth in 20 days! 10 more and you wont see any of your livestock in there
I know! I blame it on the hygro that went from three skinny stems to half the tank It'll be getting a trim and minor rescape in a couple weeks for sure!

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Thanks for posting this up...

I was browsing Home Depot recently and saw those lights...thought they might be a useful way to solve my lighting issue on the nano tank...but just couldn't figure out a way to rig them up high enough above the tank.

Problem solved
I went round and round and round with those clips trying to make them work, those necks just aren't strrong enough to hold them up properly if you don't set them up like this. I had two of them clipped on either end of my tank with string tied to the tops holding them up above the water while I was using the 10g as a holding tank for plants while I got my bigger tanks set up. I liked the way the tank looked there but had to come up with something that looked better if it was going to stay full time so this thing was born.


Glad my idea works for you too. Post a pic of your variation here if you decide to go with it.


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Excellent, excellent and excellent. (you get one for each lamp)

Good build and simple. Relatively inexpensive and not hard to set up. Good job.


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Thanks, thanks, and thank you GK!


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awesome!

how much did the fixtures and materials run you?
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Well, it was probably $60-$80 but I have to believe it could have been done cheaper. The lamps were all I could find near me when I set up the holding tank, and then I of course needed another of the same when I made it 3. I am sure you could get similar clip lamps for $5-$10 each, I used spray paint because I didn't want to mess with brushes, and used primer because I used spray paint. And I did other things that could have been avoided with time like buying a whole 2x4 and a way overpriced piece of plywood because a whole sheet of 5/8 would have been even more expensive.

If you used available scrap, more economical lamps, and regular brush paint I bet I could have put this thing together for $35-$45 I was just in a hurry to make it all work...


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Cool setup!


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Well, it was probably $60-$80 but I have to believe it could have been done cheaper. The lamps were all I could find near me when I set up the holding tank, and then I of course needed another of the same when I made it 3. I am sure you could get similar clip lamps for $5-$10 each, I used spray paint because I didn't want to mess with brushes, and used primer because I used spray paint. And I did other things that could have been avoided with time like buying a whole 2x4 and a way overpriced piece of plywood because a whole sheet of 5/8 would have been even more expensive.

If you used available scrap, more economical lamps, and regular brush paint I bet I could have put this thing together for $35-$45 I was just in a hurry to make it all work...
Cool cool

How'd you run your wires?
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How'd you run your wires?
I gave myself a good foot and a half at the end of each clip lamp, and cut a 1" wide channel hollowing the side of the 2x4 that gets screwed down to the base and ran the wires through there and combined the three with a length of heavy duty black extension cord + plug inside this little pvc junction box I attached to the back using wire nuts. Heres a shot of the back of the base:



Each lamp has it's own switch so I didn't need to install one.


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