DIY Screen Tank Top

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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    I mentioned on another thread that I was building screen tops for my tank. I thought I would post this if any one else might be interested in doing this. It's really not that hard and a relatively small investment to protect your jumpers. I think it came out OK and will do the job for me

    First pic is one of the completed tops. I have a 125 so I built two tops.

    Second pic is tops installed. I left the depth of the tops short to accommodate the overflow, returns, and electric cords.

    Third pic is with a thin strip of egg crate to close up the remaining space over the tank.

    Forth pic is the finished product!
     

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    mng777777 Shark Wrangler Wannabe

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    That's very cool! did you have them made, or is this something you can do all on your own?
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    I built them. It's not that difficult
     
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    awesome! You did a good job. Where do you find the parts, at a window shop or just any old hardware store?
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    Got everything I needed at Lowes, except the screen. I got that from a fellow reefer on AquaBid. I have about $40 invested, but that's worth it to me if it saves one fish from surfing!
     
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    Agreed. I think I may do the same for my new build.
     
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    what materials did you get?
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    See post #3 ^ :mrgreen:
     
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    I owuld be afraid that the metal would rust. If it is aluminum, I believe that it can be toxic for inverts. I am basing that from some aluminium based phos remover that said not use it in a reef tank. So if I am wrong, let me know
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    I don't know. It is painted aluminium track and the corner pieces are moulded plastic. the mesh is plastic and the screen spline is rubber. There is no bare aluminium showing anywhere in the pieces. I will keep an eye on it though, Thanks for the info.
     
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    Reefrookie looks like a very professional job. Does it block much of your light?
     
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    I think it blocks very little if any light. It's a huge difference from my glass tops and the egg crate tops I made in the past.
     
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