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How to hang a MH pendant


myelin

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I am considering a MH pendant over my 20L and need some ideas on how to hang it over the tank.

 

I can't drill holes in the ceiling b/c I am in an apt. I was thinking about a stand that could be behind the tank that I could hang a pendant from.

 

My idea (very crude) was to weld some 2.5" tubing to a weight plate (the workout type) and use a 90" fitting to make an L shape. It will look ghetto, so I am wanting some better ideas.

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The hole in the cieling would be tiny, and go unnoticed by your apt. manager. That is, unless, he coems in and checks every so often.

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FWIW...I would build a canopy over the top of my tank and then cut a hole in the top of the canopy and install a couple of 90 degree angle iron/aluminum pices the width of the opening and placed my pendent on that if it is the square type pendent. This is what I have done over my 135 reef tank and it works great! and it also keeps ALL of that light in my tank and off the walls and ceiling and I didnt have to put holes in my apartment either! Just some food for thought...

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Well, I don't have the light yet. I would be willing to build something over the top of my 20L. I have a feeling heat might be a problem with a MH setup under a canopy.

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the LFS i go to has it set up so that theres one metal rod coming from one side and instead of welding another piece to make it an L he bent it so that its a curved L and that doesnt look too bad

good luck

mike

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This is a very crude idea, but I was thinking about having a weight plate (the workout type, 25lbs.) as the base, and welding some 3" or so tubing to the base. I'd use a 90* piece at the bend to go over the tank, and then some more tubing to go over the tank. I could run the cord down the tube, and it would be cheap.

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Can you poke holes in the wall?

 

Just mount one of those cheap-o "L" bracket shelves. You know, the ones with the peice of plywood on top, and the 2 "L" brackets to hold it on. You could probabaly get a piece out of the scrap bin at Home Depot. Just paint it if it sticks out.

 

Then mount the pendant to that. So it's like a false cieling

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What would be better - a pendant, or mounting MH lights in a wooden canopy? This is a 20L.

 

I can drill holes, but I want it to look clean. My tank is in a corner, so that 2 walls make a 90* angle, and the tank is the hypotenuse.

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I would go with the pendant. I built a really nice wood hood for my tank, but ditched it for the cheap Dr Fosters&Smith double PC fixture( I replaced the lamps with real ones) It stabilized my temps because I get more air flow across the surface. As soon as I get mt 70W HQI setup I will retrofit it to this fixture and hang it from the ceiling.

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