Floating Canopies: Let's See 'Em!!!

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  1. john.m.cole3

    john.m.cole3 cyclOps R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Hub City Reef Club

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    I just bought a new tank with a canopy, but it won't work with my ATI fixture. I was hoping to modify it to a floating canopy so I can keep my light concealed and still get my hands in the tank.
     
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  2. Ty Hamatake

    Ty Hamatake Hi, my name is Ty and I'm a Reefer... R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/this-was-a-fun-little-project-t5-retrofit.293496/#post-3582633

    I used 1x6s for the frame, but would recommend 1x8 if not 1x10s (depending on which one would look better over your tank). I was limited on space because I hung it from the conduit frame I have over my tank, but wider lumber would keep things a little more concealed. It's not terrible, but you can see the guts of the thing when you're viewing the tank.

    Looking forward to updates!
     
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    tj w Valuable Member

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    Following.. I love floating canopies. If I recall correctly @Mike&Terry have a great one.
     
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  4. Mike&Terry

    Mike&Terry Wrasses, Angels, & Tangs, Oh My! Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor

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    We love our floating canopy:
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  5. Ty Hamatake

    Ty Hamatake Hi, my name is Ty and I'm a Reefer... R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Wow. Ha ha, I feel inadequate now...
     
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    I can see how you tied it in to the ceiling. How is it fastened to the canopy itself? Is the back of the canopy tied into the wall? thanks guys!
     
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    sundog101 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    This is kind of floating
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    john.m.cole3 cyclOps R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Hub City Reef Club

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    That looks rteally really nice. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Yes, it is. The front support from the ceiling is just there to keep the canopy from sagging - especially when the inner drawer rack is pulled out. It was built using powder coated aluminum and skinned with cypress wood (very light weight). The canopy has an inner light rack (also powder coated aluminum) which is on a sliding drawer track that opens from the front for ease of light maintenance.

    If interested, you can check out the details here: The Journey Continues - Mike & Terry's 280g Reef Savvy
     
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    Those are nice, must be a lot easier to clean.
     
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    Liking this thread. I am thinking of hanging mine with a TV wall mount with an arm so it can be moved for maintenance. Anyone try this?
     
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    I was going for a lightweight floaty look but you can certainly see the T5 tubes when sitting in a chair near the tank. I may have to add some material in future. All made out of Hemlock, Watco Danish Oil Finish only.

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    Certainly not spectacular... But it works.☺ 20170315_081913.jpg
     
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    Here's mine

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    More info and pictures in my build thread (here, here, and here, mostly):

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    all of theses look mazing making me really think of a floating canopy for my tank build, which right now I am like 90 percent certain that ill go with one.
     
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    I absolutely love your hood , I love how you suspended your Radions XR15PRO 's
     
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    Here's my custom built stand and canopy for my 90g shallow. I can adjust the height of the canopy.
     
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    Side view.
     
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