Originally Posted by kmiceray
Actually I have a question now hahah. I was wondering how a person would know how far the light strip needs to be above the tank? My worries is that if your light is already a "low light" then you may hurt the plants by raising it too much above the tank. I am assuming you have t5 lights "strong light"? Even if that is true then still how do you tell how high above the tank you can get it?
That part is the easy piece - there is a chart on The Planted Tank forum (PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - Updated Again Charts
) indicating lighting type and estimated elevation above the tank needed for low, medium, and high lighting. With 2x T5HO's, I'm waaay above "low light"
. I need my fixture about 24" above the substrate if I don't use fiberglass screen to reduce the intensity.
I was not as clear as I should have been on my initial post. The ceiling attachment is not the issue, that I can do. My problem is what to do with the cable end itself to make the end loop/attachment to the ceiling hook:
2) not visually ugly
The adjustable part is vexing me the most. I can make a loop in the cables, crimp the sleeves, and hang, no problem. The issue is then what is the best, and least visually intrusive, way to adjust the height.
It's in my living room and needs to look nice. I'd really prefer to not cut any of the length off the cable, saving it for future adjustments and/or tank size changes.