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Old 01-20-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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DIY Light stand project $36.00

I needed a quick and easy to make solution for my T5 as it was sitting too close to my aquarium glass top and causing the lighting to not distribute properly as well as making the bottom of the glass hood green.

Went to lowes and spent $36 to make it.

4) 1/2" pre bent conduit. (You will make a U out of it on each end.
2) connectors with screws to allow easy assembly and disasbly.
4) stainless D rings (made it easy to attach my fixture)
1) aluminum u channel (to make it sturdy)
2) 1/2" hooks to attach the U channel to the piping.
1) can of black spray paint.

I decided to chop the tubing down about 2" on each end so the light would fit hang at a good distance and allow me to push it to the back so i could access the front of the tank for feeding and cleaning.

About 20 min later (plus painting) I had a sturdy light stand that works great!

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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I used plastic egg crate to build mine

than again I use a lot of the plastic egg crate

even made tank tops with it
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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nice job Munchie! I'd just toss the plastic thing holding the glass top together.
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Thanks! I spent another 10 and mounted it to the back of the stand as I was sick of moving the stand on the top to access the tank. It now "hovers" over the top. Will paint it this weekend.



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how did you mount them to the stand

looks great
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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Thanks! I used 2 pieces of poplar and mounted the pipe to that and then clamped that to the stand.

Once painting is done I will screw the wood to the stand.

Will take pics of that later today if it is warm enough to paint here in CT.
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