Originally Posted by misterpenguin4
How did you make that? Do you have a thread for it?
As I was making it I was in such a hurry to finish that I did not stop to take pics. My goal was to create an extension to the side rail which is 1 cm wide. This is what I did:
1. I started with a piece of 3/4" x 1 1/2" board of PVC
I had lying around (although wood would be fine).
2. I ran it through a table saw to get 1 cm strip about 20" long
3. I then cut that in half to get a pair of 10" x 1 cm (yes I am mixing US and metric) rails.
4. I taped the pair together and then cut the top corners to make it look nice (taped together to get even cuts).
5. Light sanding to remove burrs and splinters
6. Applied a couple coats of flat black spray paint
7. I lined it up onto the tops of the side rim making sure it was even front to back and marked where it should be with blue / masking tape.
8. I temporarily taped the rails to the rim so that I could mount the light and see if things were the way I wanted.
9. I removed the rails and applied super glue to the top of the tank rim and carefully placed the rails on top, applying pressure for a few seconds. Remember, it's super glue so you should put the rails right the first time.
10. I let the glue dry for a few minutes before mounting the light fixture.
Instead of PVC
or a wooden board, you might be able to use paint sticks that are available at most hardware stores. Depending on the thickness, 2 or 3 sticks glued together may get you close to the 1 cm width. Paint sticks are about 1 1/8" wide which is slightly (3/8") taller then the setup I have. Cut, sand, paint, and glue. May not get the same look but it will allow you to securely mount the lights.