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Looking to make way to suspend my light

My lights for my 20 g are coming tomorrow and I need to make a stand tO suspend it about 5-9" from the water and I don't want to use shelve brackets attached to my wall, I want to do something similar to the Ada fixture if anyone knows of a guide to one or if someone could give me a step by step that would be great
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I have a 20 gallon high. Here is the light stand I just made. I used old curtain rods, brackets, screws, and metal picture frame cables.



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I like that I was looking for something similar gotta pay a visit to ace my tool set is limited however
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Yah I was lucky I had the curtain rods available, and I hope my parents didn't need them lol. They were sitting in the corner of the tool room. But you can probably buy some sort of rod. You will need a good drill, preferably corded with a lot of power, but I accomplished it with a battery powered drill. that is pretty much it. Some wire cutters for the cable too.

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conduit works really well, and looks good, easy to work with.
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ceiling hooks centered over the tank work also.
I've used both rod mounts and hooks.
Hooks are easier with the use of a plumb bob.


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Aluminum emt conduit. 1/2" work great. Get two pieces, bend each one with a pipe bender and viola! I'm making one now. I got the stand all made, so I have to wait until I have tools for the light I'm retroing a cover for. But the stand was easy.


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Just installed a 4' worklight over my workbench yesterday. The ceiling is a mass of pipes, so I didn't want to mess around with hanging anything. After wandering around Lowe's for an hour, I came across 15" plant hangers. Less than 10 bucks apiece, and came with screws and a hook for the tip. Worklight chains looped over nicely, and ta-da! cheap hanging bracket.

They say they're good for 25lbs apiece, which is fine for any normal fixture. Just drill into studs.
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Yeah fixture is 8 lbs without the cover I plan on making wish lowes was close
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Yeah fixture is 8 lbs without the cover I plan on making wish lowes was close
Oh, come on now. You live in California! Go find a garden supply store.
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Not many near by however I am tempted to go to the hydro store tomorrow thanks guys I'll wing it tomorrow as no matter what I can keep that light on top of the tank too bright, goodnight
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The conduit for a 5th section was about 2$


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Wow that's pretty chEap was at work longer than exPected but lights have yet to arrive they are on final delivery though so hopefully between now and 5
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you have to buy the hanging wire and eyelets etc. but overall its pretty cheap.

i did this, http://www.projectaquarium.com/plant...ightstand.aspx

but modified it a bit. with the way i had the poles, i have 2 seperate poles over the tank, facing forwards.


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If you go to a hardware store you can buy copper pipe, as well as elbows, tees and other fittings. Using pipe elbows is much easier than screwing together pipes or conduit. It's probably more expensive than conduit, but the copper looks really nice when used in combination with a wood stand and black light fixtures. I've used it before to make a plant stand with a hanging light fixture. You can also get copper pipe brackets that are shaped like a "U" with flanges. The flanges have a hole for a screw so that you can secure the pipe to any flat surface. All you need is a drill/screwdriver, hacksaw, and a way to hold the pipe when you cut it.

I also prefer decorative chain for hanging the fixture. You can easily adjust the height and then remove the excess links. It also lets you temporarily lift up the fixture if you need more room to work on the tank.

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