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Old 03-10-2009, 07:15 PM   #11
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Pics of the beginning.

Gotta build 3 sections because of the 3 sections of the tank brace.

I'm thinking the middle one will have a flap in the rear becasue of the canopy support piece (see the shadow in the pic below). So, hopefully this will be rigid enuf to do that without the full frame in the rear. I gotta move it with the canopy on to feed. I also think that I don't need to build a bow in the front since there's only less than a 1/2" space.

Anyway, this is half the frame. I'll face these quarter round pvc pieces with another and glue them together with the screen in between.

BTW, pvc glue works fine with these quarter round pieces. Put a screw between'm too for added stability.

Screen in the mail. Should have it by the weekend with updated pics.

Gonna be fun on the other 2 sides with the overflow boxes back there.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:33 PM   #12
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Finshed last nite. But prior to then, I found my new black sailfin blenny had been carpert surfing. Didn't finish fast enuf. Le.arned how to stretch better after the middle piece.

Well.... now that I did, just came home this morning with another new flasher wrasse. Let's put this new lid to the test!!
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Looks pretty good Ray.
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Ray, Do you want to sell some of the netting? I have a 75 Gal long perfecto that does not have the center brace. I'm unable to locate the cntr support for my glass canopies and your idea w/ 3 sections is primo. Also what method was used to attach the screen to the frame?
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:04 AM   #15
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PVC glue and stainless steel screws (1/2"). It's holding the screen to the pvc quater round. The glue is doing the primary holding. The screws were added to help hold the net in place - both stretching and securing.

I have plenty netting for sale. Will PM you.
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Ray, since you got the netting, try this;







I got the parts from HomeDepot screening department
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That does look good. It's just that I was looking to use something that I didn't have to worry about water and salt issues. Heck, PVC pipes is what we use to carry water into and out of our tanks.

So if I could frame mine with that istead of any type of metal, I think I'm ahead of the game.

Good work though. I like it. And of course, that's the original idea from a Reef Central post that used screen door frame. I just didn't like the metal. I'm chicken that way.

For a cover yours works great, but I had to assemble mine to sit on the plastic tank frame and recess it so my canopy could sit on top of it.
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Thanks, your's looks great also.
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I too would stay away from any metal or aluminum furnishings for the frames. Ray, there are nylon bolts/nuts that come in many sizes that might serve better than your stainless steel screws (they do eventually rust). Nice work regardless
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