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Old 07-28-2014, 04:50 PM   #1
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DIY Hexagon hood?

Hello everyone! So I've acquired a 20 gal hex tank but it came without a hood or any lighting for the tank.

Has anyone made a wooden hood or any decent looking DIY lighting for hex tanks? Thank!


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Old 07-28-2014, 05:04 PM   #2
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Use light diffuser and watch this video for the LED's

And this one for the hood if you don't want light diffuser [URL="
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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Sorry, I forgot to mention that it is a planted tank and the depth of the tank is 21" and those LEDs aren't able to grow the plants from that high up


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Old 07-28-2014, 06:24 PM   #4
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The lid idea was pretty cool! Thanks for the help!


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What are the dimensions?

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Dimensions from inside rim:

6 sides, each 8-3/4"

15-1/4" across

20-1/2" from top to bottom of tank.

Lights currently sit about 3" above tank on plate glass.

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Do you want to upgrade lighting or just make a lid?

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That hood is what I'm shooting for but I want to know if someone has plans of one they have built before or any tips on how to make a hood even if it isn't like the one in attached pic



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Make a lid and holder for lights, possibly enclosed



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Measure the dimensions of your hexagon. After you do this, get a protractor, marker, and plywood. Then draw it on. What you want to do then is cut it out. After that, measure the side length of the hexagon. Then you will want to cut out three or six pieces of wood with a length of the side length and the a height of 1-2 inches. Then you want to wood glue them onto the side of the hexagon(it is important that you glue it to the side of the hexagon of wood and not on the face) and it will work as a hood. that should sit on it pretty well. You could get away with only three of the pieces of wood because you will only need three to hold it on place. Just glue the three pieces to the side and leave a 1 side space between each one. Then you can cut/drill large holes in so light comes in.

Or what you do is you make two trapezoids with the short base being the length of the sides and the long base being the distance between parallel sides. Then you want to cut out 4 rectangles the length of your side. Then cut a piece that is 2 inches longer than a side, and 1 inch thick.

Then glue the two rectangles where the arrows are >/===\<. Do that for the other trapezoid too. Then you want to put them on your tank and bridge them with the strips that are 2 inches longer than the side and 1 inch wide. So while it is on your tank and fitting snuggly, glue the rectanges to against the edge of the top of hexagon so that you have adequate space for your lighting.
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