I am considering setting up a 12 gallon long reef tank.
It is a cool tank, but is is 36" wide, so I am trying to decide how I want to effectively light it. I have AI Sols on my larger reef tank, and they are in the same room, so it might be nice to match the lighting and put AI Nanos on my new reef tank.
That being said, mounting is a challenge. I came up with the following design:
Basically, it would be built out of slotted aluminum, 20 X 20mm cross section. This tank will sit in a corner, so I would like to put the support for the arm up against the wall, and not have to have a support on the end that is open to the room. I came up with this design. It would have 1 arm, and the aluminum frame would be riveted to a 1/4" piece of polycarbonate sheeting the exact size as of the footprint of the tank, so effectively the weight of the tank would hold up the fixture. I drew my vision up in cad, as such:
I would then attach 2 AI Nano pods
(2 pounds each) at appropriate intervals.
1. Do you think this setup would support the 2 AI Nano pods
2. Do you think at around 9" above the water line, 2 AI Nanos would be enough to light a 36" tank?