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My First Aquarium DIY Hood

Well had some things laying around and was like hey let's put this junk together and make a hood for my aquarium
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..."some things laying around"...? Very professional looking for "some things laying around"...LOL...

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Very unique and nice looking. Nice use of the hinges to make it fold that way. I don't recognize the slats??? Left overs from a special project?

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Looks like a cut up bread box, or desk box. Looks great!


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i love it!! what a great idea

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Would yall believe it's a parts from a baby bed that someone gave me, I couldn't use it as a baby bed because half of it was missing lol. The wiring was from a old wiring project, and the light sockets I had bought from someone on craigs list, I bought a huge tub of random wiring stuff from them. Yeah I grew up country, I do have to say this hood was my first and came together alot better then I honestly thought it would. Only thing wrong with it is the crack where it bends down it let's alot of light through way to bright to look down at. I'm having trouble finding something to block the light the hinges are in the way of simply putting a slant there...
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Staple or hot glue a piece of black cloth to the underside. Make it loose enough to where it allows the hood door to fully open.
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Staple or hot glue a piece of black cloth to the underside. Make it loose enough to where it allows the hood door to fully open.
Yeah that would do it.. i have a bag of scraps laying around I might even have something brown or something... plus I could use white to the inside and maybe get a bit more reflection down into the tank.

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put some foil in there


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put some foil in there
I have a friend that's going to powder coat some chrome to a roll of screen I have. I'm going to attach that above the lights.

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What I did to cover the gaps in my hood(s) is staple reflective Mylar on the wood.

It also makes the lights brighter by reflecting the wasted light back into the tank.

The stuff isn't very expensive per sq ft, but unfortunately you can usually only find it in 25ft rolls, which is a lot.

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Very nice hood!
However...
Three goldfish in a 10g tank? I hope that's only temporary...


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Very nice hood!
However...
Three goldfish in a 10g tank? I hope that's only temporary...
I used them to Cycle the tank. I figured they would do a good job. When I bought them they where about 1 inch. They get any bigger I'll have to find them a new home .

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I suggest you re-home them now, as they're already a bit large for that tank and they're definitely going to keep growing. Perhaps look for someone with a goldfish pond.
Also, I suggest reading up on how to cycle without fish. The ammonia produced during cycling may not be enough to kill some hardier fish, but it will painfully burn their gills. You're making them swim in what amounts to toxin... Best to avoid that.


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I suggest you re-home them now, as they're already a bit large for that tank and they're definitely going to keep growing. Perhaps look for someone with a goldfish pond.
Also, I suggest reading up on how to cycle without fish. The ammonia produced during cycling may not be enough to kill some hardier fish, but it will painfully burn their gills. You're making them swim in what amounts to toxin... Best to avoid that.
Tank didn't have much to do to be cycled I used a filter and media from a mature tank I had those in there for 2 months before putting into the new tank. I just wanted to stabilize the tank before my crayfish drop it's babies...

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