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Old 11-24-2015, 01:02 PM   #1
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Light Fixture legs are a PAIN

I was given a 55g tank with an AquaticLife 48" T5HO 4 bulb fixture.
The legs sit on the tank sides perfectly.

BUT when I put the glass tops on, I realized I can't open the top even to feed the fish without the top hitting the legs. This is a heavy fixture. Has anyone suspended theirs from ceiling OR would the weight be too much to do hangers off the back of the tank ???


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Old 11-24-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:46 PM   #3
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Suspend that baby. Are there mounts?

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Suspend that baby. Are there mounts?

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No obvious mounts. My other thought is to build a canopy to raise the light and cut down on the glare to the sides.

But I have little to no carpentry skills and no tools anymore.


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Old 11-24-2015, 02:17 PM   #5
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I'll talk to my club and see if I can get some help or ideas also.

I see now why he didn't keep it.


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you can mount your hanger cables off of the screws used to hold the legs in place
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you can mount your hanger cables off of the screws used to hold the legs in place

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Many ,many DIY 'sliding' tops.
Sliding Glass Top how-to - The Planted Tank Forum

This link show both sliding front to back or side to side..
Hope this helps!

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Great thanks. I think I may still have to raise this light. The gap between tank and fixture is tight.

Maybe I can run rails off the back to slide light back instead of glass ??? Hmmm

The light fixture is heavy and awkward to lift and being a newly planted tank, I gotta trim and play a bit.


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I had this problem with my quad t5ho unit as well. I would push the light back until it hit my filters, which allowed enough room to slide my versa tops back to feed. Not ideal, but it worked for the time being

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I have the same fixture over my 40g right now. I was playing around with the idea of having some pipe bent and bolting the pipe to the back of the stand to hold the lights above the tank a little. That way you dont have to worry about damaging the wall or ceiling and its portable.
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I was trying to figure out a strong way to hang this. That might be just the ticket. Let me know if you do that and I'd love to see pictures of it.


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I was trying to figure out a strong way to hang this. That might be just the ticket. Let me know if you do that and I'd love to see pictures of it.


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Im not but its super easy to do. You can either pay a metal fabrication place to bend some pipes and drill some holes or just buy a pipe bender from home depot and do it yourself. Drill a few holes, add some eye bolts, and it will work perfectly. Can spray paint the pipe to match your stand if you want.
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Light Fixture legs are a PAIN

Club members of mine have done this I think. I'll check. My club is very resourceful.

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