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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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I am about to embark on the journey of a 90p ADA aquarium. One of the problems I have found with the budget was with the light stand. Although I will be spending well over a thousand dollars on the rest of the equipement, I find myself unable to justify spending 235$+ on a stand for the light that resembles a regular metal pole. Any suggestions on how to hang the lamp in a manner that follows the style of ADA without spending all the extra money on a stand like that? Any suggestions are very appreciated.
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what about just hanging it from the ceiling
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Well, I didn't know what an ADA stand is - so I did a google search and came up with this:

http://www.barrreport.com/general-pl...ure-cheap.html

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the ceilings are pretty high ~12 ft and I am not really interested in having a wire hanging down that far. But as for the Tom Barr solution, I cant believe that I couldnt find that given the amount of effort you put in . But do ou know where I could find a conduit pipe and a pipe bender? They dont have them at home depot do they?
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Hmm..let me think....

I know (at least I think I know) I've seen a pipe bender at Home Depot (to my fiance's surprise, I knew what it was), so they should have that and conduit at all Home Depots.

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I personally like the hanging from ceiling better.

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any home improvement store will have the conduit & bender. If you know an electrician, maybe they would bend the conduit for you & you wouldn't have to buy one.

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In my area the rental stores will rent pipe benders.

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i think lowes will bend it for you
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great thanks for the advice! And when I start this project (hopefully sometime in the next few weeks) I will try to keep everyone posted on the progress. BTW and ideas for a nature aquarium layout? (I am having trouble coming up with a scape that I like)
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I was looking into alternative prefab stands for lights. After a couple of hours of research, this was the best I found. What do you think???

http://www.camelbackdisplays.com/Pal...ignHolders.htm
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thats nice. only problem i see is having to put the foot of stand under the tank stand causing the tank not to be level
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It appears that the foot comes off. If not I am sure it can be modified, and mounted to the tank with brackets.
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Another issue is that the vertical pole would be positioned on the side of the tank. That may not look so hot. I think the DIY conduit setup is the best option. Cost affective and looks good. 235 for an ADA stand is unjustifiable in my mind.
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I was looking into alternative prefab stands for lights. After a couple of hours of research, this was the best I found. What do you think???

http://www.camelbackdisplays.com/Pal...ignHolders.htm
Should have spent the time working at Min wage, then you could of had the Conduit pipe for for free, after taxes.............and the conduit can be bent to suit any tank, moved, attached with more variations, comes in 1/2, 3/4, 1" which is able to support the largest lights sold(I used 3/4 pipe for the 72" 70lb hood), and still cost about 10$ or so including mounting brackets/screws etc.

Some folks use the bender at the hardware store, or like at Lowes, they will bend it for you. The pipe is a mere 1-2$ per 10 ft.

Paint the pipe to suit.

I use the pipe's top bend to adjust the light back and forth very easily. The flexibility and ease of placement is better than any other design.

I like and prefer ceiling mounts, but they'd need to be on tracks to accomplish what this design does. (Both designs) Really makes working on the tank far easier. And for 10 $, immediate and local supply, 5X less cost, stronger support, hard to beat.

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