DIY Aquarium Screen Top Kits - 1/4" Netting

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Why does BRS recommend this?


We make a screen top for every tank we set-up at BRS! Clear netting lets about 99% of light through unlike glass or acrylic all the while keeping your beloved fish and critters in.


Build a screen top for your aquarium on your own with one of our DIY Kits. We now offer kits for traditional rimmed aquariums. Rimmed kits come with more corners and frame to complete a screen top kit for a rimmed tank.


Available for the follow tank sizes:



  • 2 Foot

  • 3 Foot

  • 4 Foot

  • 4 Foot Rimmed

  • 5 Foot

  • 5 Foot Rimmed

  • 6 Foot

  • 6 Foot Rimmed


Rimmed Kits: (no more needing to purchase extra frame and corners)


Rimmed kits come with more shorter sections of screen frame, and corners that traditional aquariums with trim and bracing will require. Rimmed kits will allow you to make multiple screen netting tops if your tank requires multiple.


4' Rimmed kits can make two 3' x 3' net tops


5' Rimmed kits can make two 4' x 4' net tops


6' Rimmed kits can make three 2' x 2' net tops


Rimless Kits:


Rimless kits come with full length frame sections to span the total length of the tank to create a single screen top. Only 4 corners are needed to complete a rimless screen net top kit.


Each kit includes frame sections, screen corners, roll of 1/4" netting, spline roller and spline.

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  • Quick Overview

Why does BRS recommend this?

We make a screen top for every tank we set-up at BRS! Clear netting lets about 99% of light through unlike glass or acrylic all the while keeping your beloved fish and critters in.

Build a screen top for your aquarium on your own with one of our DIY Kits. We now offer kits for traditional rimmed aquariums. Rimmed kits come with more corners and frame to complete a screen top kit for a rimmed tank.

Available for the follow tank sizes:

  • 2 Foot
  • 3 Foot
  • 4 Foot
  • 4 Foot Rimmed
  • 5 Foot
  • 5 Foot Rimmed
  • 6 Foot
  • 6 Foot Rimmed

Rimmed Kits: (no more needing to purchase extra frame and corners)

Rimmed kits come with more shorter sections of screen frame, and corners that traditional aquariums with trim and bracing will require. Rimmed kits will allow you to make multiple screen netting tops if your tank requires multiple.

4' Rimmed kits can make two 3' x 3' net tops

5' Rimmed kits can make two 4' x 4' net tops

6' Rimmed kits can make three 2' x 2' net tops

Rimless Kits:

Rimless kits come with full length frame sections to span the total length of the tank to create a single screen top. Only 4 corners are needed to complete a rimless screen net top kit.

Each kit includes frame sections, screen corners, roll of 1/4" netting, spline roller and spline.More

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DIY Aquarium Screen Top Kits - 1/4" Netting

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2 Ft DIY 1⁄4" Screen Top Netting Kit
SKU: 220130
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3 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit
SKU: 220135
$39.99
 
 
4 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimless Tanks
SKU: 220140
$44.99
 
 
4 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimmed Tanks
SKU: 220220
$49.99
 
 
5 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimless Tanks
SKU: 220145
$54.99
 
 
5 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimmed Tanks
SKU: 220225
$54.99
 
 
6 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimless Tanks
SKU: 220150
$59.99
 
 
6 Ft DIY 1/4" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimmed Tanks
SKU: 220230
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Hi, is the frame metal or plastic? Thanks.
Question by: Eric on Feb 18, 2014 6:20:00 AM
Hi Eric,
The frame itself is made from aluminum.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 18, 2014 6:20:00 AM
i have a jbj nano 28 that has a rounded front. is there a way to make this screen with a rounded front.
Question by: theo on Oct 31, 2013 4:08:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 31, 2013 4:08:00 PM
I'm dumb, what about an unconventional tank size like a 300DD (6x3) Has 2 cross bracers. So I would be ordering like 3 of the "3 foot" tank sections and then swap width length? (So 3 foot front to back, and 2 feet width which should put the edges over the braces?
Question by: Nick on Apr 10, 2016 10:10:00 PM
Great question!
With 3 sections over your tank you will want 3 of the 3 foot kits. You can cut with a hack saw the frames down to length to work on your tank! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 14, 2016 10:36:00 AM
Can this kit be purchased with 1/2" screen top netting?
Question by: Donald on Jul 5, 2014 6:17:00 AM
Hi Donald,
You can't get this exact kit with 1/2" netting but we do sell an identical product that is 1/2" instead of 1/4" which can be found at the link below:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/diy-aquarium-screen-top-kits-1-2-netting-1.html
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 5, 2014 6:17:00 AM
I have a 48" x 12.5" tank, but it's divided in the middle by a support. Would I need to buy 2 2' kits, or will a 4' kit work with the frame supplied?
Question by: Mike on Feb 8, 2016 8:05:00 PM
Great question!
We currently have the 1/8" screen top kit available in rimless (one top kits) and rimmed (which make 2 tops) You will want the 4" rimmed option. I have included the link below!

4 Ft DIY 1/8" Screen Top Netting Kit - Rimmed Tanks
SKU: 220205
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/diy-aquarium-screen-top-kits-1-8-netting.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 12:55:00 PM
What thickness are the frame sections? 1/4"? 3/8"
Question by: Emmanuel on Jan 28, 2016 10:32:00 AM
Great question!
This is 5/16" thick from top to bottom. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 4, 2016 5:28:00 PM
I just received this kit and put it together. When I did, my measurements were a little off and the screen top does not fit flush on my aquarium. Is there an easy way to take it apart and cut what I need to to make it fit? Or do I have to buy some more materials and start over from scratch? Thanks.
Question by: David on Apr 24, 2014 1:50:00 AM
Hi David,
You can just pull the spline out pretty easily. Once the spline is out the netting should fall right out. From there the frame can just be pulled out of the corners and trimmed if needed.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 24, 2014 1:50:00 AM
what material are the frames made out of. Could I cut 1/2 or 3/4" off segments?
Question by: debby on Apr 30, 2014 4:10:00 AM
Hi Debby,
They are made out of aluminum. In almost every tank situation your going to have to trim the frames to size. A hacksaw works the best for most folks.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 30, 2014 4:10:00 AM
How does this stay suspended if it is cut to fit the inside dimensions of the tank?
Question by: John on May 12, 2014 12:20:00 PM
Hi John,
On most tanks you would cut it long enough that it fits on the inside lip of the rim. If you have a rimless tank and you want to cut it smaller then the inside dimension then you would need some sort of bracket or clip.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on May 12, 2014 12:20:00 PM
Hi, would this kit work for a corner bow front? front corners to back tip of corner are both 32 1/2 " ansentire front bow from left to right 36". i dont know how to check the brand of tank. i bought it used as just tank and stand! also!!! will it work with a basking light on it as i am using it as a water dragon set up as i find all my sw supplies. if this kit works, please provide me a direct link to which exactly i need! thanks!
Question by: ashley on Mar 12, 2016 3:01:00 PM
Great question!
Unfortunately the screen top kits are not well suited for corner tanks or bow fronts. The frame is standard window frame and does not bend along with bow of the tank. in addition the screen is not designed to hold elements and a hot basking light would have the potential to melt through the top. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 14, 2016 4:02:00 PM
Does this work for a rimless tank like the reefer 250
Question by: Nick on Feb 4, 2016 12:45:00 PM
Great question!
Yes, this can work with rimless tanks. A popular option is the aquarium lid clips in the link below!
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/auqa-gadget-screen-top-suspension-clips-innovative-marine.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 4, 2016 3:07:00 PM
Would this netting be ok, under Metal halide lighting? Because of the Heat?
Question by: Garry on Feb 4, 2016 2:08:00 PM
Great question!
The netting will work great under metal halide, We currently have several tanks with this netting under MH. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 4, 2016 2:14:00 PM
I have a t5 fixture that sits on the frame of the tank on the sides. Will these system be compatible with it? Can I build this screen top so that it sits on the inside of the lip of the tanks rim?

Thanks,
Matt
Question by: Matt on Apr 2, 2014 6:34:00 AM
Hey Matt,
Most folks make the frame small enough to fit on the inside lip of the frame, so unless the legs on your light fixture protrude a lot on the inside lip, you should be just fine. There strong enough that if the frame was only supported on the front and back lips you usually wouldn't have any issues either.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 2, 2014 6:34:00 AM
I just bought this kit. Any suggestions for notching the frame (or ???) so that it can lay flat and have a notch for the power cords leaving the tank?
Question by: Lori Fick on Feb 5, 2016 2:42:00 PM
Great question!
We typically will shape the frame to be a little smaller to allow for cords to leave the back, To notch you may be able to with a hack saw or metal sheers. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 2, 2016 12:31:00 PM
I have a plastic rim tank and the top sits down in flush, this makes it hard to get a hold of and lift up for feeding and tank cleaning. Do you have any kind of handle to attach to the frame?
Question by: Bruce Hanson on Jan 24, 2016 10:15:00 AM
Great question!
We do not currently have a handle solution available. However this may be a DIY project with Super glue and small segment of plastic or acrylic. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 11:37:00 AM
What is the Frame con structured out of? Is it metal or plastic? Is it safe to have touching the water?
Question by: Wade on Jan 10, 2014 3:44:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 10, 2014 3:44:00 PM
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?
Question by: Mike on Sep 12, 2013 7:35:00 AM
Hey Mike,
You got it. The 4ft kit comes with frame and netting to cover up to a 4ft x 3ft area.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 12, 2013 7:35:00 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?
Question by: Scott on Oct 28, 2013 8:07:00 AM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 28, 2013 8:07:00 AM
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?
Question by: Jonathan on Oct 22, 2013 2:40:00 PM
Hey Jonathan,
I think this is what your looking for:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/clear-netting.html
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 22, 2013 2:40:00 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
Question by: Philip on Jan 15, 2014 6:21:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 15, 2014 6:21:00 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?
Question by: Matt on Oct 21, 2013 5:52:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 21, 2013 5:52:00 PM

Full Details

Traditional aquarium will come with a plastic trim to reinforce the glass on the top and bottom rim. Smaller tanks under 3 feet and under traditionally do not have any center braces even if their is trim on the tank which keeps things pretty simple which selecting a screen top.

Longer tanks like 4 foot to 6 foot tanks the trim will divide the tank up into sections with the bracing where rimless tanks will not have any bracing. If you have a rimless tank 4 feet or over without any center braces you will want to get a Screen Top Net Kit for Rimless tanks of the appropriate length. If your aquarium has trim with bracing dividing the tank up into multiple sections you will want to get a kit for Rimmed tanks which will include more screen frame corners and frame than a rimless kit would.

 

DIY Aquarium Screen Top Netting Kits Contents

Aquarium SizeFrame SectionsScreen CornersNetting RollSpline RollerSpline
Width
Depth
2 Foot 2x 2 Foot 2x 2 Foot 4 6.5' x 2.5' 1/4” x 25'
3 Foot 2x 3 Foot 2x 2 Foot 4 6.5' x 2.5' 1/4” x 25'
4 Foot Rimless
2x 4 Foot 2x 3 Foot 4 6.5' x 6.5' 1/4” x 25'
4 Foot Rimmed 2x 4 Foot 2x 4 Foot 8 6.5' x 6.5' 1/4” x 25'
5 Foot Rimless
2x 5 Foot 2x 4 Foot 4 6.5' x 6.5' 1/4” x 25'
5 Foot Rimmed 3x 4 Foot 3x 4 Foot 8 6.5' x 6.5' 1/4” x 25'
6 Foot Rimless
2x 6 Foot 2x 4 Foot 4 6.5' x 6.5' 1/4” x 25'
6 Foot Rimmed 3x 4 Foot 3x 4 Foot 12 6.5' x 6.5' 1/4” x 25'

Assembly Required:

Screen frame can easily be cut with a typical hack saw or saw with a metal blade.

 

 

 

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  • Works great By Jim on 6/21/2016

    Easier than I thought to put together. Works well. Looks good on my redsea tank
  • Great Product By Erin on 6/18/2016

    Was a little worried that this would be difficult for me to put together (I'm not very handy), but was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put together. Used a hack saw to cut the pieces to size. Spline roller made it incredibly easy to make the screen secure. Love the way it looks on my rimless tank. You can't even see it!
  • Good Product By DAF on 6/12/2016

    Easy and does the job. Not the best looking thing but you barely see it even on rimless. Good product
  • Real easy to put together By Neil on 4/26/2016

    Would recommend to anyone
  • Easy! By Megan on 4/25/2016

    I was nervous this could be difficult but it wasn't at all. Used a hack saw. Easy to cut and easy to assemble. Perfect for the top of the tank.
  • Simple and effective By David on 4/23/2016

    Patience is the key to getting a taut and squarely aligned mesh screen. Take your time and you should be pleased with how the final product looks.
  • Great Product By Terry on 3/26/2016

    Was looking for clear eggcrate to cover my tank but this is even better. It sits on the lip of the tank so it looks great and you can hardly see it. I've never put something like this together before, but I followed the video and had no problems at all. The kit includes plenty of netting and spline so that even if I did make a mistake I could have re-tried. Nice to receive all materials needed in one box and not having to "fish" at Home Depot.
  • Nice kit By sppf121 on 3/7/2016

    I really like this kit. I feel it was easy to install and I was impressed with how nice it fit together.
  • Excellent Product By Stephen on 2/6/2016

    Definitely takes two people unless you have three hands. Just made one for my Solana 34 and it's light years nicer than the eggcrate I had on it.
  • Great Product By Duke4130 on 2/3/2016

    Great DIY product, easy to put together
  • Would recommend this product to a friend By Ryan on 1/21/2016

    Easy to install and very good product
  • Good but over-priced! By Reefbobc on 1/18/2016

    The kit is easy to put together and works wonderfully but I took 2 stars off because it is too expensive. I could have bought the screen mesh from BRS and the rest of the hardware at my local Big Box Hardware store and saved about half!! That's what I will recommend my friends do.

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