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Philnominal 12-28-2011 01:43 AM

DIY Lid?
 
I just got a 75 gallon aquarium it came with the light, stand and tank + miscellaneous things (i.e. fake wood decor, broken filter) for 100$. The problem is there isn't a lid. I was wondering if there was a cheap diy option or if i should just go ahead and get the glass covers that you can order online.

onefish2fish 12-28-2011 06:44 AM

a sheet or two of plexi glass cut to size, a window framing kit with window screen, or eggcrate ( sold as light diffuser in the light department of hardware stores )

a glass top is prob. best esp if your resting your light right ontop of it, but the plexi should would just as well.

zof 12-28-2011 12:41 PM

Yup go with the glass hoods, the reduction in water evaporation is more that worth it. I use light diffusers (non egg crate type to combat evaporation) over two of my acrylic tanks and they work good over small openings but you might have issues with bowing over a large open top and getting them to size.

Project1 01-02-2012 06:39 AM

if you go plexi buy a thick piece i used a not super thin but thin enough for a t 8 to warp it

Philnominal 01-02-2012 12:09 PM

Thanks guys, the tank is going in our living room and well after "the boss" (my mom whom im helping with this tank) found out about the DIY lid she ordered a glass one off amazon.

CinBos 02-29-2012 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 931958)
a sheet or two of plexi glass cut to size, a window framing kit with window screen, or eggcrate ( sold as light diffuser in the light department of hardware stores )

a glass top is prob. best esp if your resting your light right ontop of it, but the plexi should would just as well.

Is there a link or something to check this particular setup for this top?
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onefish2fish 02-29-2012 11:48 PM

Image Detail for - http://www.thelensguys.com/images/products/detail/Eggcrate1.jpg

looks like that. usually in the lighting department of hardware stores sold as "light diffuser" just cut it to size and theres your lid.

glass would still be the best choice though.

CinBos 02-29-2012 11:51 PM

Can you just set a light fixture on acrylic and pleci glass
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zof 03-01-2012 06:33 PM

Both will bow under a certain amount of heat so its usually not recommended unless you have a low heat light or a way to ventilate the fixture, can't begin to tell you how many salt water acrylic tanks I have seen with bowed tops because of their high out put lights putting out alot of heat, and these are still kept 6-12 inches from the tank.

CinBos 03-01-2012 11:09 PM

I agree now. Just went to lowes picked up 2 sheets of 30x36in acrylic, some henges and a handle. Already done and cost me about 30 bucks total. I will not be sitting the light fixture directly on top, knowing now how thin the sheets are. Pretty easy top, built in less than 30min, and only cost about $30. Way better than spending close to $100 for a glass one.... Keep in mind I made one for a 125gal.
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