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Great way to protect suicidal fish By Joshua on 12/15/2014Joshua would recommend this product to a friendBeing fish they have a rough life and sometimes they have suicidal tendencies. This is a safety net just in case one of your fish decide they don't want to live anymore. It assemblies easy enough with a hacksaw and 20mins of your time.
Pros: I ordered two 2ft sections for each of my tanks and they ended up sending me 3'x7' sections of clear mesh instead of what I would have expected 2'x2'section so I have plenty of extra cloth for replacement down the line if I need it.
Before final assembly I cut a hole in the screen top and was able to route the heater cord up and over and then attached the netting around it making it look rather smooth and minimize the hole I had to cut to prevent those pesky jumpers.
Cons: The only thing I can say is my hacksaw wasn't sharp enough so when starting the cutting it would skip around and scuff it up a little bit. Not a huge issue but I would be keen to find a slightly better solution to make it look flawless. This isn't a fault of the product but of my inability to figure out a better solution.
The only other thing I ran into is I have a light mounting kit that interferes with the whole top so I need to get four extra corners so I can put a notch in the back of the top so it can be easily removed. Again, not a problem with the product but a heads up if you have a similar issue you may want to buy four extra corners when you order the kit.
Why didn't I buy this sooner? By 9StickN8 on 12/9/20149StickN8 would recommend this product to a friendI have an open top 105g. I had 2 Flame Hawkfish jump to their demise. I think 1 was eaten by my cat Purseus... RIP Firehawk. It was time for me to add a screen top!
The thing that held me back was cord management. How was I going to do this? You could leave a slight gap at the rear of tank.
What I did was purchase clear, rubber stick-on feet (meant for underneath speakers, lamps etc) I purchased an 8 pack for a couple bucks. I placed the sticky feet as spacers everything is kosher now! My screen fits on the edge of my tank allowing my cords to exit the tank.
This project was much easier than I anticipated!
Works Great By Russell on 11/22/2014Russell would recommend this product to a friendVery happy with the quality, simplicity, and look of this DIY screen top. The mesh does not cause any noticeable shadowing which I was very happy to find.
Only small nit is that the straight pieces are the dimensions that are listed so when you put in the angle, the completed screen will be 1-1.5" longer than shown. The material is very easy to miter to the correct length, but you still have to go through the effort.
Also happy that you have plenty of extra mesh in case you mess up the first time or decide to change tanks in the future I can re-use.
Great look. Doesn't hurt light shimmer. By Randall on 11/13/2014Randall would recommend this product to a friendMeasure twice. Cut once. The netting is rigid enough that little effort was needed to assemble without any sag. Nice look with good light pass though. Jump Nemo. Jump.
Rails are bowed By Apolloremy on 8/23/2014Apolloremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGot the 48" kit and the rails are completely bowed in the middle out of the shipping box from BRS. When assembled there is a huge gap where fish can jump out.
Just what I needed By Casey on 6/21/2014Casey would recommend this product to a friendThis kit has saved my new Blue spot Jawfish
I actually tried tracking down the materials at my local Home Depot and could not find netting that I liked. This kit ended up being a few bucks more but it was well worth it to have all the materials in one kit.
The top is easy enough to assemble. Just make sure you are careful when cutting the frame with a hack saw. I bent it just a tiny bit and has trouble putting the corner pieces on. A quick fix was achieved by flaring the opening edges a little and then smoothing them back down after attaching the corners.
The finished product looks great and doesn't block out any light. The 1/4 screen size is too small to let any future purchases going carpet surfing.
5 Ft DIY 1⁄4" Screen Top By kimberly on 5/18/2014kimberly would recommend this product to a friendThe merchandise arrived quickly. Easy to assemble. Enough material arrived where I can replace the top twice. I would byt again. Only thing tool provided is cheap and awkward to use. Also corner prices must be installed correctly because too difficult to change.
Stops jumping clowns! By Shawna on 5/1/2014Shawna would recommend this product to a friendMy two clowns are a bit jumpy, and enjoy making me panic when I hear them splashing about. This netting kit was easy to put together, even in a shape that would go around the equipment in the back of my tank. Thanks for making a nice all in one kit! I love that I didn't have to run all over the hardware store looking like an idiot trying to find exactly what I needed.
Perfect By evilc66 on 3/24/2014evilc66 would recommend this product to a friendWhile there isn't any real innovation with the product, it's executed well, and at the right price. The finished product looks good, and really isn't that hard to assemble. If you've ever replaced the screens on windows before, it makes it even easier. It's also really nice that they include everything you need to get it assembled (with the exception of a saw to cut it to length).
Fun project everything you need included By surfishjoe on 2/12/2014surfishjoe would recommend this product to a friendI shopped around and the kit from BRS was better quality and less hassle than trying to piece something locally. Yes i probably could have saved a few bucks but the end result is well worth it. I have a great looking top that was easy to put together with no surprises. One tip- take your time cutting the frame with a hacksaw as the frame is easy to damage. Thanks BRS!
Good product. By Axizo2 on 1/21/2014Axizo2 would recommend this product to a friendIf you use the proper tools and follow directions this DIY screen should work just fine. I used You tube videos and was able to put it together fairly quickly. Fits well as a screen and does not effect light shimmer at all.
Great finish for a rimless tank By Richard on 1/20/2014Richard would recommend this product to a friendI used this for my Deep Blue 60 cube and it came out great. Don't try to make the screen to tight or it will twist the frame. I made it just smaller than the inside dimensions of the glass and it sits inside so perfectly you can't even tell is there.
Previously Asked Questions
by theo on October 31, 2013, @4:08 PM
i have a jbj nano 28 that has a rounded front. is there a way to make this screen with a rounded front.
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Theo,
Unfortunately the frame doesn't bend well. What most folks do is make a square/rectangle shaped screen to cover what they can as its better then nothing.
by Matt on October 21, 2013, @5:52 PM
What is the best way to cut this? If my tank is a 90 gallon (48.5 inches by 18.5 inches), the 4 foot section covers the length, but too much on the width. Suggestions?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Matt,
A hacksaw works just fine for the screen frame. The netting itself is soft enough to easily be cut by a razor blade.
by Wade on January 10, 2014, @3:44 PM
What is the Frame con structured out of? Is it metal or plastic? Is it safe to have touching the water?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Wade,
The frame is made from aluminum. It won't rust and water splashing on it/salt spray isn't an issue though I wouldn't suggest actually submerging it.
by Mike on September 12, 2013, @7:35 AM
This may be a stupid question but I have a 55 gallon tank. The dimensions are 48 x 13 x 20. I just need to order the 4 foot kit correct?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Mike,
You got it. The 4ft kit comes with frame and netting to cover up to a 4ft x 3ft area.
by Philip on January 15, 2014, @6:21 PM
Just wanted to make sure everything is correct before I ordered the kit. My tank is 18 x 18 x 18, so that means I should order the 2 feet kit? Thank you
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Phillip,
You are correct! You cut them down to size so you just want to make sure they are atleast as long as the sides of your tank.
by Jonathan on October 22, 2013, @2:40 PM
I have bought just the screen in the past. I use it to make custom lids for people with acrylic. Is the mesh on its own still available?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Jonathan,
I think this is what your looking for:
by Scott on October 28, 2013, @8:07 AM
Is the 1/4" spacing of the grid?
How will it affect reef light?
What's the best way to cut the framing pieces to the fit my tank?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Scott,
Correct, its the grid spacing on the netting. It has a very minimal effect on the amount of light in the tank. The easiest way to cut the framing is with a simple hacksaw.
by Eric on February 18, 2014, @6:20 AM
Hi, is the frame metal or plastic? Thanks.
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Eric,
The frame itself is made from aluminum.
DIY Aquarium Screen Top Netting Kits Contents
|Width (x2)||Depth (x2)|
|2 Foot||2 Foot||2 Foot||4||6.5' x 2.5' ¼”||x||25'|
|3 Foot||3 Foot||2 Foot||4||6.5' x 2.5' ¼”||x||25'|
|4 Foot||4 Foot||3 Foot||4||6.5' x 6.5' ¼”||x||25'|
|5 Foot||5 Foot||4 Foot||4||6.5' x 6.5' ¼”||x||25'|
|6 Foot||6 Foot||4 Foot||4||6.5' x 6.5' ¼”||x||25'|
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