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Old 06-24-2012, 01:08 AM   #1131
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And the actual canopy is done. I got so excited I put it on already.. It looks nice but I wish I would have made it shorter. The trim is showing which is kind of ugly, but somehow I'll fix it, just don't know how yet. I'll start painting tomorrow most likely. I'll take some pics in the morning.. Well hopefully.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:10 AM   #1132
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Hahah adam you are such a builder its crazy. I would never dream of doing all that stuff, haha good job
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:27 AM   #1133
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Lol thanks. Its really fun to do this stuff, Ive put myself into the tank, why not make the outside my own too, ya know? It costed me a total of 20$ too! I had a lot of the stuff laying around, I got some really nice plywood for free. If I make another canopy, I'll be using the same plywood and redoing the frame, that's where I went wrong.

Does anyone know how I could make the trim on my tank black? It looks weird now that the rest is black.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:15 AM   #1134
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Lol thanks. Its really fun to do this stuff, Ive put myself into the tank, why not make the outside my own too, ya know? It costed me a total of 20$ too! I had a lot of the stuff laying around, I got some really nice plywood for free. If I make another canopy, I'll be using the same plywood and redoing the frame, that's where I went wrong.

Does anyone know how I could make the trim on my tank black? It looks weird now that the rest is black.
I got glossy black spray paint and sprayed it into a cup then used a paintbrush. Spray paint is cheaper than a bucket of paint. Use painters tape so you don't get anything on the tank.
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The paint isn't a problem, I have the same type and enough for whatever I want. How could I get the top trim?
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:36 PM   #1136
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The paint isn't a problem, I have the same type and enough for whatever I want. How could I get the top trim?
Do it the same way.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:54 PM   #1137
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Just did, first coat on. Looks great.

I primed my canopy and put two coats of black on already. Itll be done soon! I think one more coat and I'll start taking pics, maybe a new video update just because it was hard to do lol.

The light is my new project. I've been looking all over for some 2 pin LEDs so I can swap some of the royal blue and cool white for cyan, uv, red-orange, regular blue, and warm white. I think that will be enough to get a full spectrum
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:57 PM   #1138
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It's hard to say without knowing the design. Still, you probably have three to five inner strips of wood (cleats) that rest on the sides and front of the tank rim. Removing them and reattaching them higher inside the hood will make the whole hood rest lower and cover up the tank rim. Impossible to say for sure without seeing how you built it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #1139
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Done!! The trim turned out really nice, I'm not worried about lowering the wood anymore, it's fine as is for me. I think I did okay for my first wood project.

Im going to add 2 cabinet/doors to the front at some point so it doesn't look so meh.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:09 PM   #1140
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Man, what a beast! You won't have any trouble getting stuff in and out of your tank with that hood! Nice job. You know, it looks like you have doors already on the cabinet. Are they just panels that need hinges or something like that?
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