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Tops for Tanks - a DIY w/pics
#1
I thought I'd do a post about how we do our lids and screen. We've been asked several times and it's hard to explain.

Pictures say a thousand words, so here we go...

The screen parts are avaliable at home depot. The screen itself, is called micro mesh and is avaliable at canadian tire. It has a purple wrapper on it.

Screen corners. These are easy but you can get the mitered corners as well.

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You can cut the frame with a hacksaw. Go slow, it's only aluminum and is very soft.

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Spline. Size is on the bag. To small of spline and the screen won't be tight and can slip out. To big and well, it won't fit the grove.

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Screen installed. You'll need a splining tool. Cheap...

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Trim the excess and your done.

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Remove the tabs on the sides of the top with a saw and then snap them off at the bottom. Only on Exo's or zoo meds. I used 5mm glass for this tank. 22 3/4"s wide. It's plenty sturdy. Undersize the glass and screen a bit. I did 3/16" less on both. A longer tank would require thicker glass. Remember to predrill for your misting nozzle if needed. I almost forgot on this one. I would have been choked.

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I tape the area off to be siliconed. Silicone is messy. Use a wet finger to get a nice look.

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All done and the tape is removed while it's still wet.

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Hope this helps some people out. Smile
Glenn
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#2
Found the micro mesh on-line!

http://www.amazon.com/Saint-Gobain-FCS7 ... B0022NH8FS
Glenn
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#3
Lowes and HomeDepot require special order on no seeums screen - pain in the.... I will use this link next time I stock up on mesh - Very helpful post Glenn!
Scott - North Dallas
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#4
Thanks Scott!
Glenn
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#5
I like to have Lowes order the No-see-um screen....it's not a problem. It's more of a plastic or even fabric than a metal though, I think.

Is the mesh def metal / screen, Glenn ?
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#6
hey Phil
fyi - I double checked, the stuff on Amazon is fiberglass mesh not metal. Yeah, I would never use metal.

-Scott
Scott - North Dallas
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#7
It's Fiberglass screen, Phil. Regular window screen, just a tighter weave.
Glenn
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#8
gotcha, thanks.
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#9
Awesome write up. I have been wondering. I found a guy that makes them for cheap so I generally buy them pre made but I might take a stab at making a few of my own, maybe for a vert 29 gallon.
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