There are many choices when deciding on mounting hardware for your aquarium. This is a significant investment into the longevity and attractiveness of your setup. You want to make sure that you pick the best light fixture to compliment your fish and plants. There are several ways that aquarium mounting hardware can be used. Some of the most common types are discussed below.
Light Fixtures: This is the oldest type of light fixture used to provide light for your aquarium. These days, however, led and halogen versions are available. A ballast is often used in aquarium light fixtures in conjunction with a halogen bulb. The ballast is the one that provides the ‘rotating’ effect as the light is switched on and off. It can also be controlled using a switch.
Pumps: Are an efficient way to provide light for your aquarium. However, they take up considerable room and need to have their own dedicated power source. You can use plugs to attach them to a normal power outlet though. Also, there are small pumps that fit into the plugs so that only full strength is required.
Mounting pumps are commonly used to move aquarium water through a filter system or to supply light to the aquarium. They come in two main varieties. Submersible and surface types are available. If you choose the surface mount then you will need to remove some large pieces of coral or other decoration first. The advantage of using a pump is that it is easier to use than other types of mounting hardware.
Hardware: Mounting hardware for aquariums can be split into two categories; electrical and mechanical. Electrical fittings usually use wires while mechanical ones use brackets and clamps to hold the cable in position. You can mount the electrical light fixtures in a couple of different ways. If you decide to mount it using a bulb then you must ensure that the bulb is of the right wattage. Otherwise, the light will be too bright and drown out the natural lighting from your tank.
Cables: Mounting cables for aquarium lighting are similar to those used with aquarium pumps. They are long and can be fitted to any size aquarium. Most people mount them on the outside of the aquarium. A disadvantage of using cables is that they can be messy and may get tangled if not used properly. It is often preferable to use surface mounting points as these make cleaning a lot easier.
Power Outlets: Mounting power outlets are essential for controlling light levels in an aquarium. They can be placed on any wall or floor within the aquarium. Power outlets can also be mounted on the outside of an aquarium. This type of mounting is usually better suited for larger aquariums and for use with multiple light fixtures. If you do not want to spend a lot of time on light control, then this is probably the best option for you. However, if you have an aquarium that spans several feet or requires several power outlets, then you may find it more convenient to buy individual light mounts.
Installing aquarium lighting can be quite difficult for inexperienced hobbyists. It is usually advisable to use professional installation services. However, there are many step by step guides available in most home improvement stores. Even if you opt for professional installation services, it is still possible to install aquarium lighting on your own. Just remember to follow the instructions carefully and use the right kind of mounting hardware.