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Unhappy Where do I get lightstand LEGS?

So I was re-scaping with the light fixture still on (horrible idea... good grief), and I ended up pushing it over by accident and the whole thing crashed to the floor. All four legs broke off.

It's the same kind of light fixture as this: http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaticLi...FIT54U-vi.html

Where would I buy only the legs? Or any other ideas?
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I bought legs on Ebay and they were pretty cheap too.
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So I was re-scaping with the light fixture still on (horrible idea... good grief), and I ended up pushing it over by accident and the whole thing crashed to the floor. All four legs broke off.

It's the same kind of light fixture as this: http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaticLi...FIT54U-vi.html

Where would I buy only the legs? Or any other ideas?
Same site sells replacement legs:
http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaticLi...MOFTLG-vi.html
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Hmmm, yeah I just saw those after posting. The shipping fee was what put me off, but I can't find it anywhere else... I just bought those anyway. LOL.

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Hmmm, yeah I just saw those after posting. The shipping fee was what put me off, but I can't find it anywhere else... I just bought those anyway. LOL.

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One of the many reasons to hunt out an aquatics arts group in your area. A lot of these groups avoid high shipping costs by partnering up; with a bunch of people ordering they either reach the "shipping free if over x" amount or at least drop the average down to reasonable.
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Forget legs, they are nothing but a violent nightmare as your scaping activities can attest to. Hang the lamp on some simple chain. The light on my 2nd tank is suspended from common ceiling hooks. The light on my 1st tank is suspended from simple eye hooks in the bottom of a shelf.

The chain on both can suspend the light fixture less than one inch from the water surface. In less than 3 seconds I can have either light fixture suspended 36"+ from the water surface. Maintenance activities are SO much easier.

Maybe it's just me, but when it comes to tank placement the first thing I look for is light suspension. This hobby is supposed to help lower my stress, not cause it.
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Forget legs, they are nothing but a violent nightmare as your scaping activities can attest to. Hang the lamp on some simple chain. The light on my 2nd tank is suspended from common ceiling hooks. The light on my 1st tank is suspended from simple eye hooks in the bottom of a shelf.

The chain on both can suspend the light fixture less than one inch from the water surface. In less than 3 seconds I can have either light fixture suspended 36"+ from the water surface. Maintenance activities are SO much easier.

Maybe it's just me, but when it comes to tank placement the first thing I look for is light suspension. This hobby is supposed to help lower my stress, not cause it.
Unfortunately, not all of us are in a position to be able to easily do suspended light set ups. I wouldn't really mind losing my security deposit too much, but the wall behind my tank is a conduit for major electrical and duct work--making any drilling or nailing too risky to hope I don't hit anything.

Question though; attaching the chains to a hook is simply enough, but how do you attach 'em to your lights?
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First, "stud finder" is your friend!!! They even come with electrical warnings now adays. I actually bought one just for mounting my lights.

As far as attaching to the lights, it depends on the lights. One of my lights has attachments on the top for suspending (ZooMed T5HO), and the other I ran through the stupid excuse for legs it had (Coralife T5NO).



For yours, if there is no place to attach a chain, I'd probably screw in a couple eye hooks to the plastic body where you won't hit the ballast.

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Hmm I don't think I'm willing to drill holes in the ceiling quite yet; but thanks for the option!
I never thought about a group to join for this! Sounds like a great idea-
just looked on meetup.com, and there are no aquarium groups in my area. Sob.
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You missed SCAPE!
http://scapeclub.org/forum/activity.php?

I haven't any threads bookmarked because I DID put holes in the ceiling but it is possible to attach copper or electrical conduit pipe to the sides or back of the stand and hang the light over the tank without putting holes in the walls or ceiling. If you happened to have a shelf above the tank you could hang your lights from that as well. Searching the DIY forum should come up with a couple threads on the idea.

Completely agree, hanging lights are much safer. So far they have stayed up perfectly with no concern about them going for a dip.


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Oh my, thank you! Just registered for scape.

Wow, that's great to know it's safer- good consideration for the future. I also think hanging lights are more aesthetically pleasing.
It's just a blank wall and ceiling behind my tank for now, but unfortunately not my choice at the moment whether the ceiling gets to have holes in it or not LOL.
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