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Mounting electrical conduit and fixture

I have 3x 24" Sunblaster fixtures that I'm planning on hanging over a 29g. I was going to get two lengths of EMT, bend them at 90 degree angles and attach each to a leg of the stand. However, I don't have a wooden stand as most people seem to use with these types of lighting stands. How could I attach the conduit to a wrought iron stand? The legs are just shy of 1" x 1".

Also has anyone hung a sunblaster with the provided hanging bracket. I've seen a lot of chain used for hanging to allow the height to be easily adjusted but this bracket is only small enough for some sort of steel cable. Any suggestions there?

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I've also seen things that look like this, is that something that is typically available at Home Depot or Lowes?

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You could use conduit hangers with beam clamps. If you have the ability to drill through the conduit cleanly, you can skip the conduit hangers.
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At http://www.aquacave.com/Light-Fixtur...Kits-C368.aspx, might find them cheaper elsewhere.

If your tank is against a wall, shelf brackets would be another approach. A bunch of other creative hanging ideas if you search the forum.

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Depending on the EMTs you're using (1/2" or 3/4"), you can find/get this type of EMT clamp at HD/Lowe's, that will work on your 1x1 iron stand (if it's flat) and you'll only need to drill a hole for the screw to attach it...


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On a side note is that a nanotech? Could you post a picture of the reflector with bulb attached?
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Im actually considering hanging a shelf or some sort of brackets above the tank and mounting the lights to that. I think it will just make life easier lol.

Here's two of my nanotechs, reflectors attached.

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I drilled into the stand and tapped it for a power strip. Just drill 2 holes for the conduit hanger (on each side) and tap it. Not very hard at all.

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Im actually considering hanging a shelf or some sort of brackets above the tank and mounting the lights to that. I think it will just make life easier lol.

Here's two of my nanotechs, reflectors attached.

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Thanks for the pic. That's a really nice reflector.
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How do I attach the steel cable to the hanging brackets on the fixture? The guy at Home Depot said I would either need a crimping tool or a certain type of fastener. Both of these options drive the price of hanging these lights up way too high. I'm not looking to spend much more than $20-25 hanging the lights. The fasteners alone were $20 for all three lights.
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Home depot and lowes sells wire loop fasteners that you crimp together.They are like 1.50 for two. What diameter is your hanging wire?
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I was looking at 1/16". There was some 3/32" that I could fit as well. He said I needed a special tool for the crimp fasteners though. I realize tools are useful and I would almost certainly use it again in the future but I'm really trying to keep this tank on a budget that I've probably already exceeded.
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I have an idea, maybe. I was looking at putting two shelf brackets into the wall. Drilling a few holes in the horizontal part of the bracket and securing some eye bolts in the holes with nuts. Then I would abandon the 1/16" steel cable. Throw an S hook on the eye bolt, hang some chain from the S hook and then hopefully another S hook will fit in the hanging bracket on the fixture. The only part I don't like is the way the shelf brackets will look but I'm willing to do whatever works at this point. Anyone see any problems with this? Or have any improvements?
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Do you have needle nose pliers? Because that's all you need to crimp the fasteners.
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Do you have needle nose pliers? Because that's all you need to crimp the fasteners.
If we don't I should have access to a pair. Is there a certain way to crimp the fastener? Or just slide the cable through and squeeze tight? Is it better to do that than chain. I would be able to adjust the height with the chain.
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Also would drilling the stand for the emt bracket weaken the structural support at all. It's a Titan eze dual level so it needs to support a 29 on top and a 20L on the bottom.
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