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Question DIY Hood/Lid - Help Needed

I am just looking for suggestions and examples of DIY hoods/lids.
I need to make one for my 30 gallon, doesn't have to be fancy as it's for a non-showy spawn tank anyways, it is mainly to keep the cats out.

I was thinking of just cutting a piece of plywood and then gluing laminate/linoleum flooring stuff I have to the inside so the precipitation won't wreck the plywood.
Does anyone think/know if that would work?

Any ideas or advice is appreciated.

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Should work but sounds very ugly. I would just cut a piece of plexiglass to fit... should look a whole lot nicer!
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I don't have the tools to cut plexiglass, and it's pretty pricey here.
Plus I would have to figure out a way to secure it to the tank.
Again though, it's going to be an ugly tank anyway so it really doesn't matter.

Just needs to be cheap and secure.

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This may not be helpful (or news) to you, but Hobby Lobby's framing department has cut acrylic panels to size for me. It's good, thick picture acrylic, but it is rather expensive, as you noted.

Have you considered a screen -- like the ones on vivariums, I mean?
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I did but I think the cats would just wreck it. They're crafty.

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I made one for my old aquarium from marine plywood, basically made a box, angled it a bit towards the front, fitted some hinges and made it opening, used brass screws, hinges and a clasp (to make it look like a treasure chest).
For excess moisture I drilled some 30mm holes in the back and fitted light screen on the inside.
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Fluorescent light fixture diffusers are the best! Just need a pair of wire snips to cut down to size. Come in 2x4 sheets at home depot.

Here is the home depot link.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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Its rigid enough. I don't know if you want a cat standing on it for a prolonged period of time, but it works as a deterrent.


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My local ace hardware cuts glass and its cheap ! My guess would be like 10-15 bucks cut to size. my 75g was 12$ for one side
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All great ideas.

How strong are those light fixture diffusers?
Do you think the cats would break it if they sat on there?
Maybe if I double layered...... hmmmmm..............

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They're pretty rigid, a double layer would certainly hold most cats. You could zip-tie them together.

Brilliant notion.
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That's what I was thinking. I could make edges so it doesn't get knocked down by those crafty cats, too! And even ziptie some choroplast on top....

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i custom cut a piece of glass that was $15 at home depot. i went to some auto glass shop and had them cut it for me for $5. you just tell them the size you want it. wouldn't work if you have a curved shape.
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My cat got close to my tank once. I shot him and he hasn't done it again lol! Just teasing, I love cats. I love chicken and pork too!
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