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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Mounting Legs (open top tank)

I bought this 5g that was just the tank. From a previous order I had gotten this 18w CF light that has slightly smaller "slide ins" for mounting legs so I don't think it will work with any standard mounting legs. I was wondering if there is a safe way to make my own. I'd prefer to have an open top tank, so buying a cover isn't an option at the moment.

I really want something that's going to be safe. I don't want to have an accident where it slips out and electocutes my fish or myself. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-16-2006, 03:21 AM
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Doesn't it stink that those 18 watt fixtures won't fit an AGA standard 5.5 tank?

What I did to fix it was take a 3/4" dowel rod, cut it to length so that it fits tightly inside the lip of the tank from front to back. Then sanded 2 nice flat spots where the legs of the fixture could clamp in place. Painted them black and coated it with polyurethane in a spray can. you can find both the dowel rods and the poly spray can at WallyMart in the crafts section.

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Thank you gbhil. I don't know what a dowel rod is, but I'm sure someone at Home Depot will know.

What kind of clamps exactly did you use?
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Dowel rod is a round wooden pole, like a perch from a bird cage.
I used the flip up legs that came with my fixture, they have a little screw clamp in them. For normal legs that grab the outside rim of the aquarium, I'd just make sure the dowel rods were spaced apart correctly for the fixture to sit on, maybe screw through one of the legs on each side into the wooden rod if it wasn't tight enough for my liking.
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Find some washers that fit in the groove on the fixture, flat head bolts that fit the washers and nuts or wing nuts that fit the bolts. Then use something to make legs to attach to the bolts, suggestions would be dowels, lexan, pvc pipe, and carve, cut, or mold the legs to fit the top of the aquarium.


Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Have you thought about suspending it over the tank? You could use some sort of U-shaped hooks and some wire to hang the fixture... or hang it from your cieling. I have a light over my 90 gallon that came with the usual clamp on flip legs... they were pretty cheap-o so I got rid of them and hung the light from the cieling. I do realize your tank is slightly smaller, so maybe some sort of bracket behind it or a hook setup to suspend it.

Just my 2 pennies.
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Can you post a link to the site where you got the fixture?
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DIY filter - 5 gallon bucket

Im also trying the 5 gallon bucket method. This idea came to me after the guy at the pet-store tried to sell me a canister with a external pump for about $300 ... I though why not make by own canister ?

My design is compartmentalized with a few acrylic sheets cut up, your bottom up design seems easier to build but harder to clean since the first stage is way at the bottom.

My issue is that nothing adheres to the plastic 5 gallon Home Depot buckets. Not epoxy. Havent tried PVC cement yet, Im out... I made a silcon O-ring on the top of the bucket to insure a good seal, but the silicon peals off very easily. I cut a groove in the top with my dremel tool, and that helps the silicon adhere a little better, but not like it would to glass.

Anyone know what kind of glue sticks to those buckets? I'd like to stick cleats in the bucket so my compartments can slide in and out on the cleats.
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