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Old 07-03-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
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Canopy Construction: Advice much appreciated...

My wife and I decided that we would build a canopy for our fish tank together. I have done this before but never much cared for the end result. I would always throw together a smiple design just to cover the lighting and equipment on top of the tank. We decided this morning that we would go it together this time. She is very creative and patient. I lack the previous. The tank is a simple 75 gal. Can anyone give me some ideas on materials and design? Diagrams would be really helpful. We would like it to be a shiny acrylic black in color and I am not sure how to get that from spray paints. We also wanted to incorporate some molding for decoration and some sort of a trap door to help ease the addition of top off water, water changes and adding foods.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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125lbs. Aragonite Base
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:03 AM   #2
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Anyone.........anyone

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75 Gal FOWLR est. 6-01
Wet Dry w/Amiracle Skimmer
[Bio Balls/1lbs. slow drip Carbon]
9 Watt UV Ster.
100lbs. Live Rock (Fiji,Tonga Br)
125lbs. Aragonite Base
Maculosus Angel~Yellow Tang~Flame Hawk~Canary Blenny~Pajama Cardinal~Bl Yel Tl Damsel~Brittle Star

10 Gallon Sea Clear Acrylic est. 7-05
Whisper HOB w/carbon+ 1 rio 400 PH
65 watt 12K PC
DSB + 6lbs. Fiji LR/2lbs. Base R
5 Bl Leg Hermits/ 5 Astrea Snails
1 Serpeant Star/ 1 Whte Burr Star
Leather Coral
Orange+Green Zoos
Growth of Halimeda
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:28 AM   #3
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I don't have much to suggest but, if you haven't already, you should check out the DIY section on here. I only repainted a used hood that I got. It may be overkill, but since I have MH lights which get very hot, I spray painted the inside of the hood with paint from the auto parts store that is intended for exhaust pipes and can hold up to 400+ degree temps.
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:30 AM   #4
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Here are some sites I have visited while planning my own:

http://www.plantgeek.net/article_viewer.php?id=11

http://www.cnidarianreef.com/capstand.cfm

http://www.lkraven.com/Aquarium/DIYLighting.htm

http://www.plantedtank.net/diystand.html (second half of article desribes canopy)

http://www.aquarium-lighting-guide.c...y_projects.php

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Old 07-04-2005, 11:55 AM   #5
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Thank you so much for that response to my project need. That was very helpful GREAT ARTICLES!
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75 Gal FOWLR est. 6-01
Wet Dry w/Amiracle Skimmer
[Bio Balls/1lbs. slow drip Carbon]
9 Watt UV Ster.
100lbs. Live Rock (Fiji,Tonga Br)
125lbs. Aragonite Base
Maculosus Angel~Yellow Tang~Flame Hawk~Canary Blenny~Pajama Cardinal~Bl Yel Tl Damsel~Brittle Star

10 Gallon Sea Clear Acrylic est. 7-05
Whisper HOB w/carbon+ 1 rio 400 PH
65 watt 12K PC
DSB + 6lbs. Fiji LR/2lbs. Base R
5 Bl Leg Hermits/ 5 Astrea Snails
1 Serpeant Star/ 1 Whte Burr Star
Leather Coral
Orange+Green Zoos
Growth of Halimeda
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