Custom Build Lid for 57g Oceanic Illuminata

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  1. RichfieldJoe

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    Hey Everyone -

    I thought I would share the result of my custom built screen lid for my rimless tank. I want to give props to Koletang also for some information and tips on how to do this. I think it turned out very nice.

    Saltwater Lid 1 - Copy.jpg Saltwater Lid 2.jpg Saltwater Lid 3.jpg

    Feel free to ping me if you are trying to make one.

    Cheers - Joe
     
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    Looks good! Now you can keep those stupid Boxelder bugs out! At least that's my problem at the moment.
     
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    That was a good idea making the corners triangles. I have found that the cloudiness from the super glue will actually wipe right off which is nice.
     
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    It was easier b/c you can just make 1 cut per piece vs. 3, and it is a pain to cut plexiglass and it worked out well. I am very happy with the results.

    -Joe
     
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    Way cool idea. I have mine sitting on top of my rimless tanks and it looks pretty ugly.
     
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    What did you cut the frame with? I have all my parts ready to go. Just worried about deforming the frame while cutting.
     
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    If your talking about the aluminum just use a new fine tooth metal blade and a hacksaw.
     
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    Yeap, I just used a metal cutting blade on a hack saw. I did buy a cheap miter box to make sure I made straight cuts.
     
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    I just made some, I used my compound miter with a carbide tipped blade and it cuts like butter!
     
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    How did it turn out? Do you like the results?
     
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    Great idea. I am going to use this. Was thinking about siliconing acrylic legs 3/4 of an inch down on the inside glass so I could set my screen top down flush with the top of the rim. This is way easier and I do not have to glue anything to my pretty starphire glass. Very nice!
     
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    Newer to the site...glad this helped so many people!

    -Joe
     
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    I also used koletangs idea on my rimless frag tank :)

    Your take looks great as well! ..now if only I could make a screen top that is square
     
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    I actually got this idea from Jonty back when he was around more. I'm glad it is being passed around as it is very useful for rimless tanks.

    Good luck with that. :gay1:
     
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    marshall to make a square top tape your trim pieces together so you can cut them at the same time
     
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    That's a good idea but the last two screen tops I needed to make needed to have an indented corner,

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