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Tank lid suggestions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xroads, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper Vendor

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    I want to add some jumping fish, but need to cover my tanks first.  I hate the way egg crate cuts down the light & I know some fish will fit through the holes of that anyway.
    Does anyone else use something that will work?
    Thx
    Craig
     
  2. adampottebaum

    adampottebaum Experienced Reefkeeper GIRS Member

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    I messed around with this for a long time because I have a bow front tank so I couldn't easily build a cannopy. I tried glass but it traps the gasses and made my tank way to hot, so I couldn't do that. The thing that I found to be the best at keeping fish in and not blocking light without building a cannopy was to use the mesh screen from storm windows and have a solid frame around the trim of your tank. It's not made of any kind of metal so it won't rot and it doesn't really block any light. I would have made a top this way but it was still going to be a pain in the *** because I'd have to find something rigid that I could bend for the front of the frame so I just ended up making a Cannopy. I laid a piece of thick plastic on the top/front and traced the curve and then just cut that curve out and used it as a frame to the cannopy.

    Hope this helps

    Adam
     
  3. CyberJester

    CyberJester Inactive User

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    Posted By xroads on 03/30/2009 09:48 AM
    I want to add some jumping fish, but need to cover my tanks first.  I hate the way egg crate cuts down the light & I know some fish will fit through the holes of that anyway.
    Does anyone else use something that will work?
    Thx
    Craig
    Might want to try loose weave nylon screen.
     
  4. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper Vendor

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    Thx guys,

    Where does a person get the loose weave screen?
     
  5. adampottebaum

    adampottebaum Experienced Reefkeeper GIRS Member

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    I was told like home depot, lowes, menards, ace hardware....
    Walmart won't have it.
     
  6. h2so4hurts

    h2so4hurts Inactive User

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    Yeah, home improvement stores will definitely have it.
     
  7. Bzishka

    Bzishka Inactive User

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    i paid like 3 bucks for 24" by 84" fiberglass screening for windows at menards, use it to seperate dirt from water in my frog tank
     
  8. Bzishka

    Bzishka Inactive User

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    they have plastic, mesh, nylon, fiberglass, and stainless stea.
     
  9. varner

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    where are you at. I have black 1/4'' pvc screen that works great just cut and fold the edges to size no frame needed i live in hillsboro south of mt pleasant have plenty of scrap.
     

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