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Old 06-25-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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I simply bought 4 feet of 1/4 inch I guess you could call it chicken wire 48x24 and doubled it over to make it 48x12 cut a small indented slot for heater and filter accessories and it fits right on the inside ledge of my 55 gallon tank. Total cost $4.00. Do anyone think this will cause any problems down the line? The only drawback is that I have to lift it to feed my Cichlids. It doesn't block any of the lighting.

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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My guess, if it is the chicken wire I'm thinking about, it will rust, but as long as it isn't in the water, it shouldn't harm it. I was thinking about doing the same thing. Is it stapled to anything to support it, or is it just plain chicken wire? If it isn't supported, it will probably sag over time.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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I built a tank lid with 2x4's and plastic poultry wire. Works great. I can put pellets through it but lift it slightly to feed them their worms. It doesn't block any light. I got the plastic wire at Lowes.
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Something else that could be more of an annoyance than problem would be evaporation. With the holes in the chicken wire, it will allow for water vapor to escape more easily. Rust could be a problem. Other than that I don't think so!
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My guess, if it is the chicken wire I'm thinking about, it will rust, but as long as it isn't in the water, it shouldn't harm it. I was thinking about doing the same thing. Is it stapled to anything to support it, or is it just plain chicken wire? If it isn't supported, it will probably sag over time.
It is not stapled to anything just lying on the inner lip of the aquarium and it has support by the center brace of the tank. The water does touch it a little.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #6
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Something else that could be more of an annoyance than problem would be evaporation. With the holes in the chicken wire, it will allow for water vapor to escape more easily. Rust could be a problem. Other than that I don't think so!
Yes I understand. I will eventually get an all glass hinged lid, I just can't get one right now
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
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Then I think for $4 you got a pretty good stand in cover!
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:55 PM   #8
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Well I had a very bad evaporization problem so I went another direction on a cover for my 55 gallon tank. I went to the hardware store and got two 24x11 pieces of glass for $10. The gentleman even cut the glass for the filter accessories. I will be siliconing pieces of filter tubing for handles. Talk about DIY HUH!!

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Old 06-29-2012, 02:03 PM   #9
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Here's a pic showing the glass cut for accessories.

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Old 06-29-2012, 02:39 PM   #10
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