Where to get a tank cover?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by WCKDVPR, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. WCKDVPR

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    Hi All,

    My wife really wants a purple firefish and I understand they are jumpers. Where does one get a custom tank cover made and what are the best materials to have it made out of? I have a 24" x 60" top with 4" eurobracing all around, making the opening 16" x 52".

    Thanks!

    Best regards,
    Mike
     
  2. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    BRS sells frame/net kit to DYI cover. It works pretty well for me. My firefish bounceed off the net 3 times in the first minute going in the tank.

    Or if you want to shell out more coin. Look up artfully acrylic custom lids.

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  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    The big box stores sell the plastic to assemble your own "window screen" fairly easy to cut to size and snap it all together. Then look for a "bird netting" in the garden section, works great as it doesn't block much light, however there always in the chance that a fish can fit through a 1/4" hole it will find a way.

    Another option is to make a polycarbonate (not acrylic) lid, Polycarbonate is stronger and tends to sag much less than acrylic. Also has the added advantage of trapping in moisture (advantage if you don't want all that evaporated water in your house). Or you could do a sheet of tempered glass, Mike (CoralReefer) does that.
     
  4. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    I'm going with an Artfully Acrylic lid for the new wrasse tank.
     
  5. WCKDVPR

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    Thanks all!
     
  6. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    +1 Artfully acrylic. My advice is to have more feed openings than you think you need. It's always easier to use a long tong or grasper through the hole than taking the whole lid off. Make sure you're not gonna add anything else to the rim of the tank, like a fan or an autofeeder that may need to be accounted for.

    It takes them awhile to build it, so place your order sooner rather than later.

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  7. WCKDVPR

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    Thanks. I just ordered an artfully acrylic with multiple feed doors. My tank is eurobraced, so any additional add-ons will be slightly more complex than a rimless.
     
  8. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    By polycarbonate, does Lexan count?
     
  9. WCKDVPR

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    Lexan is polycarbonate.
     
  10. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    And expensive!
     
  11. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Actually contrary to their name, the artfully acrylic clear view lids are polycarbonate, not acrylic.


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  12. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    Artfully Polycarbonate just doesn't have the same sexy ring to it.
     
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  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Right, Lexan is the brand name, like plexiglass and acrylic, or Kleenex and tissues.
     
  14. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    Sweet! That's what I got over my tank right now
     
  15. tankguy

    tankguy Vice President

    We just made one from Home Depot. Cheap and does the job
     
  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    What’s yours look like? Did you make it?
     
  17. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I used to have a box of Kleenex over my tank... but they just got too moist from the humidity.
     
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