light unit help needed please

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  1. Punisher

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    hi guys

    so i need to somehow get this light unit up in my tank

    problems are :

    1. the lip on the rim of the "canopy" is too thick for the mounting brackets
    2. the pole that holds the cables is too short as the tank is 1.5m
    3. how close is too close to the water surface... if i have to guess its prob about 7cm away now.

    so i wanted to know from all you guys that have the "technical" minds what i could do.

    its currently resting on 2 pieces of wood on the bracing (euro bracing with cross brace)...
    but how will i be able to work in the tank if its like that.


    i have a fellow reefer that is looking to see what he can do for me, in the mean time so advice/ideas would be appreciated

    pics to follow so you get an idea...
    thanks
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  3. Wes

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    take a couple pics, not sure i understand 100%, but here goes; what you could possibly do is take the body of the light unit off the unit, and mount it directly into the canopy with the reflector as well?
     
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  5. Punisher

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    thx wez, please check pics to see my issue...
    i love it when things just run so smoothly.... :peroni:
     
  6. Wes

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    best bet would be to suspend the light unit from the ceiling, with retraction, height adjustment ties/wires/cables, thereby when you have things to do to get into the tank simply raise the height of the light unit, nice unit btw.
     
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    thanks man , but thats exactly what im trying to avoid. but i agree that would be a great idea.
    just not a fan of having this light hanging from the ceiling.

    thanks, yea really cool, compact, reflectors etc... great unit
     
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    @dallasg - he hooked me up big time!

    thanks again Dallas :1:
     
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  9. Wes

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    sorry i couldn't be much help, the only other thing may be to have a swivel clip, basically similar to the bakkies that have thos load bins that you physically extend by pulling upwards, then at a specific point they lock up, then to release the lock you simply pull them up a little higher and you're able to then drop it again.

    i woudln't chop that light unit up tho..

    just another thought, what you could do is have someone build you a stand that fits on either side of the tank that would act as a ceiling so as not to use the ceiling to hang the light fitting from
     
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    thx buddy, much appreciated input...
     
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    Personally I dont see any issues there? Maybe I'm just not seeing the problem. But I would just put a plug on that think and light that puppy up. What am I missing?

    As far as I can see it fits inside the hood, covers the whole tank. Only problem really is working in the tank and possibly feeding. You will have to tilt the unit up.
     
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    thought that unit looked familiar!

    Best way is to have it suspended...imo...
     
  13. Punisher

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    thanks marius
    there is enough space on both sides to feed etc.
    if i need to work i could lift it up on the Display side and just put a support there while im busy.

    the problem i have is, its currently resting on the bracing
    is this not too close to the water? its stable as is, but obviously not "fixed" to something and just lying on the bracing... is that cool or an issue.
    exactly my point, its nicely hidden under the "canopy" that way, and @CarlosF who is magic when it comes to electrical, we hooking it up to a DB board on the side of the cabinet with timers... so it will step on and step of in 3 phases nicely
     
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    What about hinging the light unit to the tank wooden trim at the back and having a stop on the front of the trim.

    If you go this route you need to use a panino hinge or at least 5 good quality hinges. To few and the screws will pull out of the wood.
     
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    I dont see any issue with it resting on the braces. From what I can see is that the unit will never be able to fall into the tank due to the center brace across the tank. You say there is 7cm between it and the water. That is fine. I have 2 T5s resting on my tank as well and also about 7 cm away. T5s are not as bad as halides where you cant splash water on the globes when its hot. Obviously its something you dont want to do though.
     
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    on top, in the corners, is that pop rivets or screws?
    as seen in the 5th picture?
     
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    rivets

    its a nice unit and i dont want to break it apart. as its PERFECT for my tank
     
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    I would make a bracket that bolt / screw on to the back panel of the hood. And as NJ said with hinges. With two connected "arms" coming forward to rest on stoppers mounted on the front of the canopy. Then I would screw the light unit to the arms. Any quick tank maintenance, and the lights can be lifted like a car bonnet. It will be slightly higher up but still concealed within the canopy
     
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    Even if the arms are made with a slot, to slide the light unit in, basically an arm under and another over the light unit, with little bolts to hold it in place to prevent it from sliding out. So you do not need to drill the light unit, or take it apart.
     
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    thx guys

    at this point in time im just trying to wrap my head around how i can do it
    most cost effective and that doesnt involve a project on its own kind of thing
     
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