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Non-hood aquarium cover

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects' started by JodiI, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. JodiI

    JodiI Amphipod

    Alright, I need some ideas.

    I've got a 75g reef that is open on top (no hood - lights hang from ceiling). Its not rimless, but I like the non-hood look. The tank is 4ft long, with your standard glass brace in the middle.

    The problem is that I'd really like to get a pretty wrasse. So I need to come up with a solution to cover the tank since, apparently, they're jumpers. I looked at the BRS netting, and it seems like the right thing to get the job done. But $50 seems extreme, and I'd rather just pick up something from Home Depot.

    Have any suggestions for me? I want it to still be non-conspicous from eye-level as you look at the tank. But it should also be easily removable so that I can add corals/tinker.
     
  2. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Im not sure but if you could just buy the netting you can getbthe rest at hd
     
    Dr.DiSilicate likes this.
  3. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Get the mesh from BRS and then get the materials to build the frames from Home Depot or Lowes. They sell all the parts you need and you can cut it to the sizes you want.
     
  4. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    What about just white or black egg crate? The white is readily available at HD, and can be cut easily with snips or a Dremel....just about anything.
     
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  5. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Only issue with this is is black is going to absorb some light
     
  6. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Plus one on the BRS netting and Lowe’s or HD for the screen stuff.
     
  7. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ive seen gobies, wrasses and jawfish still jump straight through the holes of the eggcrate. A screen or a solid top is the only way to be sure.
     
  8. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Artfully acrylic made me a custom lid. I know you don't want to spend but seriously its gorgeous and fits like a glove. Check them out and see what they can offer. Quotes are free and your wrasses will be safe
     
  9. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    +3 to the brs clear netting and home depot frame. I used it on my new set up and really like it. It maintains the clean look I was going for.
     
  10. Mccoc033

    Mccoc033 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have the BRS screen tops for my 180 as well. They fit like a glove and you don’t even notice they are there. 3 separate 2x2 ish sections
     
  11. JodiI

    JodiI Amphipod

    Ok. Netting and Home Depot it is. Thanks for the input!
     
  12. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Come to my class and I can show you the ones I made. I also have my built to go around plumbing that flows into the tank via PVC through the top.
     
  13. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I’m thinking about redoing my top and building in a small area that opens separately for easy feeding. Just something to consider while you are planning it out.
     

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