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Old 03/07/2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Lets See how you hang your Reef Breeder!

Looks like these are fairly popular! I am looking to see some ideas on how you hang your fixtures. I have a 50G rimless cube I am planning on putting my photon over and I could use some ideas. the wife wants it to look nice. I might have to put it in a hood unless I can get some good ideas to show her.


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Old 03/15/2013, 03:37 AM   #2
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I have had a couple of replies to how I hung my photon 32. I have a canopy and wanted to suspend the light, but could not use the supplied hanging kit because the light would hang too low. I used two 12" t-track rods (purchased at Woodcrafters) that I cut with a hacksaw to fix the length of my canopy. I screwed them in with small finishing screws (supplied with the t-track. I removed the 4 factory bolts in the light and replaced them with 2" bolts. The light is very sturdy and gives me a little more than 6" above the water line. I did remove the 90* optics on the moonlights to increase the spread. My tank is 64 gallons.


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Old 03/16/2013, 02:32 AM   #3
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I used two 12" t-track rods (purchased at Woodcrafters) that I cut with a hacksaw to fix the length of my canopy. I screwed them in with small finishing screws (supplied with the t-track. I removed the 4 factory bolts in the light and replaced them with 2" bolts.
Nice idea! With a couple T or star knobs it'll be quite flexible position-wise too.


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Old 03/19/2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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Does this slide easily in the t track? If so, is there any way to prevent it from sliding forward and off the track?


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Old 03/19/2013, 10:11 PM   #5
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Does this slide easily in the t track? If so, is there any way to prevent it from sliding forward and off the track?
It does slide in the track well, however track is mounted flush so the light would have no chance of sliding forward.


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Old 03/19/2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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I want to incorporate this into my canopy build but the way it's designed, the bolt would have to sit about a 1/4" from the edge of the t track so I'm worried that I could bump the light and knock it out of the track. Maybe I'm thinking about it wrong though. The bolts on the back side should prevent it from falling even if the front bolts slid off the track, right?


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Old 03/20/2013, 07:43 AM   #7
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I want to incorporate this into my canopy build but the way it's designed, the bolt would have to sit about a 1/4" from the edge of the t track so I'm worried that I could bump the light and knock it out of the track. Maybe I'm thinking about it wrong though. The bolts on the back side should prevent it from falling even if the front bolts slid off the track, right?
The only way the light is coming out of the track is if it pulled all the way out through the front. The t-track extends all the way to the back of the canopy so the light cannot come out the back. The bolts are locked in so they will not come out if the light moves from right to left. The light is heavy (18lbs) so moving it forward takes some effort. You could put some stoppers at the front of the tracks if you are worried about bumping it. I just left the tracks longer in the front. For this thing to fall out from the front I would have to get the light caught on my shirt and decide to walk away from the tank in a straight line about 12 feet. Bumping the light is not going to cause an issue.


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Old 03/20/2013, 03:22 PM   #8
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Are the bolts 1/4" ones?


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Old 03/20/2013, 09:38 PM   #9
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Just made longer cables for the hanging kit




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Old 03/22/2013, 05:34 PM   #10
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Just made longer cables for the hanging kit

What light did you get and what size is the tank?


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Old 03/27/2013, 11:47 PM   #11
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Two 24 photon. Used boxed aluminum to hold fixture together hung by cords.
Simple programming that's very powerful. Touch screen controls are slick. Can these units sync? That would be cool and more user friendly.



Silly got a ton of fiddling to do to dial them in.


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Old 03/28/2013, 08:12 AM   #12
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Hey sloppy, how did you attach the fixtures to the aluminum frame? Then did you just drill/ tap so you could screw in the hanging kit?


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Old 03/28/2013, 10:13 AM   #13
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Got 6 foot sqaure bars. Cut to 42". 3/8 hole on one side and 3/4 hole to fit a socket to fit my 5/16 by 24 acorns for the inside 4 bolts. Outside was factory hanger which i had to cut provided hanger cord(short) to use 6 foot hanger cords i had already. Also have to cut out a place for the plug cause its in the way of rear bar. I was gonna cut the cords to make one and run it inside the hanger for a cleaner look. Used power saw, drill, cutting wheel, sockets, etc. Then i made a little hole in dry wall and used the factory slippers off the other hangers provided(had to cut cords off). Used thumb screws and left over bar to brace it over the boards in the attic. Allowed me to adjust length with no extra showing below(manual in attic kinda sucks). Knot in a saftey on top as well just in case slippers up top when out.

A few colors and violet on blue Ch would be nice. Give it a little more purple pop.


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Old 04/08/2013, 03:44 PM   #14
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Any other ideas for hanging? I am going to hang 2 24" fixtures above my 125.

I do not plan to have a canopy.

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Old 04/16/2013, 04:57 PM   #15
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I cannot touch the beautiful jobs you guys did, and these pictures are awful, but I will show what I did with mine....The tank is a 120G 4X2X2 glass tank being installed in-wall in my living room....the actual tank and all equipment is going into the dedicated tank room that I built so the appearance of the lighting install is just for my own appreciation....

I mounted the well sealed 2X4 with white cup hooks installed to the dropped ceiling frame and the opposite wall then simply doubled the ReefBreeders Custom Hanging Kit support wires over the cup hooks and clipped them to the lights with the supplied ReefBreeders Custom Hanging Kit hanging clippy-thingies....

And it all looks like this (from the living room, into an empty tank, cranked WWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY down!!!!)



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Old 04/17/2013, 08:13 AM   #16
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I have a 14' vaulted ceiling, so I did not want to go through the trouble of getting very long cables. Because of the distance my tank is from the wall, I needed my Photon 16 fixtures about 13 1/2" out. I used 1/2" black iron pipe to make two U-shaped struts. I like the "industrial" look, but my wife... Well she didn't think it was so cool So basically I turned them into ridiculously sturdy shelves using some nice looking pine, rimmed with crown molding which covers the pipe completely. I will post some pics when I get home for anyone interested. Also if you do a google search for "black pipe shelving" you will get tons of ideas. It might be something that fits in with your decor.


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Old 04/17/2013, 10:04 PM   #17
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Post some pics tek. I am still looking at options.


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Old 04/18/2013, 03:44 PM   #18
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Sorry for the delay, and the crummy pics.



I'm not finished cleaning up the wood, but it does a pretty good job showing how it will look when finished. Still have to take a door off my stand so I can try and color match the stain at the store.



A word of caution : One of the crimped ends inside the threaded mount on my hanging kit was not crimped tightly. The cable slipped out, causing one corner of my fixture to drop. Luckily it was up high enough that it did not take a dip! I just re-inserted the cable and crimped it very tightly with some vise-grips. I recommend checking them all just in case


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Old 04/20/2013, 06:46 PM   #19
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That looks really goog


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Old 04/21/2013, 07:45 PM   #20
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My hanging method is nothing fancy. I use a PVC frame that sits on the floor, my crosspiece is about 30" above the tank so I have plenty of room to adjust the height.


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Old 04/22/2013, 06:45 AM   #21
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Any other ideas for hanging? I am going to hang 2 24" fixtures above my 125.

I do not plan to have a canopy.
I'm doing the exact same set up. I haven't ruled out a canopy, but I would worry about the lights being too close to the tank, especially at first, when I move my current inhabitants over.


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Old 05/06/2013, 11:16 AM   #22
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I am finally getting my tank in order and hung my Photon 24. I used a wire closet beam to suspend it out over the tank. Let me know what you think.


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Old 05/06/2013, 02:36 PM   #23
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Here's what I did.



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Old 05/07/2013, 08:13 AM   #24
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Looks good Hibb. I like the idea of having a shelf above the tank but just don't think it would work for me right now.


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Old 05/07/2013, 01:49 PM   #25
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Looks good Hibb. I like the idea of having a shelf above the tank but just don't think it would work for me right now.
Thanks man. That pic really sucks. Need to get a better one. Can't wait to see what you do with that cube.


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