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Looking for any suggestions for this.....

Ok, so I have a 100 gallon tank (72"x18"x18") that has a weird top frame on it, the top frame only goes around the top like any other top frame, but doesn't have any kind of lip to it where you could add any sort of hood to the tank so the fish won't jump out.

So I'm stuck creating my own DIY top frame so I can add a hood to the tank, here's my thoughts on a couple ways to go about this;

1. Going with some sheet metal and create a lip to it and go that route, since my uncle does sheet metal fabrication at his work.

2. Getting (2) 75 gallon/90 gallon hoods, and cutting them down to fit on each side my 100 gallon tank and then silicone them together.


Either way I plan on getting (2) 1/2" sections of glass to create braces for the tank, since my 100 gallon tank was made without any sort of braces. Oh and my tank is made with 1/2" glass . . . .

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Half inch glass? Not too bad at the height but the length or crazy I would put glass braces no need for a trim though
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Yeah but again I'd like to be able to have a hood put onto the tank, I may just go with (2) 6"x18" 1/2" pieces of glass for braces, then go with (2) 2"x18" 1/2" glass pieces and use them inside the tank kind of like the braces but 1 on each side as lips to hold glass canopy pieces instead of a plastic hood.
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Any chance you can post pics of your plastic trim so we could be more helpful?

I wouldn't use any sheet metal as it will eventually rust.

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Why not do something similar to S clips? You could either fabricate it, or find something similar at the hardware store. That way you don't have to build an entire rim.

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Any chance you can post pics of your plastic trim so we could be more helpful?

Can't post pics because my camera broke, but basically the trim inside the tank is like that on the outside of the tank. How the outside trim is just flat against the glass, it's exactly the same inside of the tank. So there's no lip like most other glass aquariums, how they have the edge lip that goes around the inside of the tank, and hangs out about 1/4" to hold any sort of hood or glass canopy tops.
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No problem.

Does the trim look like it is original?

If you are handy, you could make some clips as suggested by Soothing Shrimp. I would use acrylic, cut to size and bend with heat gun. You could make a jig out of scrap wood to form the shape.

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The trim looks original, but I think I'm going to go with the two 6"x18" sections of 12" glass, and use them as braces for the tank, then going with some .220" thick acrylic sheets, and building my own hood for the tank.
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Just so you can get longer stuff in the tank, like wood, I would do three braces. One dead center and one at each end. Rather than cut the tank in thirds.
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