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Old 06-29-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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DIY hood

I have a ten gallon planted tank but all the lights I can find aren't strong enough for growing the plants and so right now I have a make shift cover for the tank. Click image for larger version

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Does anybody have any suggestions for a cheap diy lid or a suggestion for a light.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:11 AM   #2
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I use perspex from the hardware store here for a cover.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:44 PM   #3
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Have you consider building a little canopy with scrap wood it's a small tank
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:45 PM   #4
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Have you consider building a little canopy with scrap wood it's a small tank
Or light diffuser cut it out to the size
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If you prefer glass tops, a few calls to local glass/window shops can go a long way in saving some cash (some of them in my area don't deal with non-commercial customers). I had 2 pieces of glass cut to dimensions I provided for about 18$ US. Any of the 'aquarium tops' I looked at were 35+ and wouldn't allow me to position the HOB filter on the side of the tank. Just make sure you ask for 'swiped edges' so they aren't sharp
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Do you have a habitat for humanity store? Windows are cheap and easy
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:30 PM   #7
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Lol! I use a cookie baking sheet pan on my 10 gallon hospital tank. Lol! Yours being planted I'd find an old window or Plexiglas and cut it to fit. Glass cutters are a few bucks.
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Egg crate light defuser All purpose topper easy to work with and cheap



you can cut out lid doors and filter locations easily

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Egg crate light defuser All purpose topper easy to work with and cheap
Very nice...I like it
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:41 AM   #10
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cut a piece of lexan?
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:48 PM   #11
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Tank Top

While the light diffuser will keep jumpers in the tank, it won't keep heat in. Your heater will have to work longer and harder. Plastic (plexiglas) cut at Lowell's looks like a solution but will warp with warn tank temperatures. Been there done that. Glass cut to size, IMO, is the answer. Good tip on Habitat store windows or tanks bought at 1$ per gal sale and demoed. Also good tip on sanded edges on glass top piece. A good handle for the glass is one or two clear plastic, self-adhesive, table leg or chair leg bottom floor cushion. you can find them 1/4"-1/2" tall. Good luck.
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Do the handles cope with wet? Iím pretty tempted on that.
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The "handles" will hang on quite a while, I never had one fail. You will probably find them in a 10 or more pack so what if one comes loose after some use, put another one on.
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Thanks - great idea.
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