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koincidenskis 03-13-2013 11:36 AM

Hanging light?
So I am starting a 20 gallon planted tank and sort of trying to avoid buying a glass canopy ($30) and a huge light strip ($40). My tank is currently underneath my desk as you can see in the picture. Since I am not Mrs. Handyman, how would I go about rigging up a light? I assume there would be some sort of chain and sinkers to drill into the desk. Don't worry not really concerned about ruining some cheap wood.

Or I could possibly wrap some chain through the keyboard slot then attach at the light strip. What type of "equipment" would you suggest?

Has anyone seen pictures of something similar?

1077 03-13-2013 12:05 PM

Could buy cheap srip light that screws under kitchen cabinet's with single or double T8 bulb's (Full spectrum).
Personally,, I would set the tank up on some type of stand to make water changes easier.

MoneyMitch 03-17-2013 10:13 PM

since your going with a planted tank the light you choose is going to be crucial for success. i use a hagen glo seris fixture, they have built in hanging fixtures and even include a chain and hooks in the box, or it will mount to the tank without needing a canopy. keep in mind though if you go with the glo fixture (IT DOES NOT INCLUDE BULBS) i LOVE the fixture and so do my plants since switching.

you can find info here, i bought my 48" fixture from ebay and bulbs from

i paid a around 100 for the 48" fixture without the bulbs and about 50$ fot the two bubls that went in it for a comparison for ya. you can pm me with any more q's if ya like. goodluck!

Tazman 03-17-2013 10:43 PM

What fish are you planning on keeping once the tank is cycled?

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