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The frame itself is made from aluminum.
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.
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!
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:
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
This is 5/16" thick from top to bottom. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Yes, this can work with rimless tanks. A popular option is the aquarium lid clips in the link below!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
You got it. The 4ft kit comes with frame and netting to cover up to a 4ft x 3ft area.
How will it affect reef light?
What's the best way to cut the framing pieces to the fit my tank?
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.
I think this is what your looking for:
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.
A hacksaw works just fine for the screen frame. The netting itself is soft enough to easily be cut by a razor blade.
Rimless tanks are becoming more and more common and we all know why, they simply just look better. They do require a full sized net top to span the full length of the aquarium, keeping your fish in the tank. Many people will make their own plastic brackets, magnets, or come up with their own DIY way to suspend the top just inside of the glass of the tank for the best overall look. Innovative Marine has their Auqa Gadget Screen Top Suspension Clips, which work very well with rimless tanks making suspending the top super easy.
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.
1/4" DIY Aquarium Screen Top Netting Kits Quick Compare
|Aquarium Size||Frame Sections||Screen Corners||Netting Roll||Spline Roller||Spline|
|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'|
Screen frame can easily be cut with a typical hack saw or saw with a metal blade.
Light weight but non-rectangle shapes are impossible By Tony on 11/29/2016Tony would recommend this product to a friendI wanted to make the screen around my overflow but found that to be impossible to keep the screen taunt. The minute you put pressure on the screen to keep it taunt, the pressure pushes the rails in and distorts the shape. This is especially pronounced with a larger size aquarium.
I would say stick to rectangle shapes to make this work well.
Excellent By Gb on 10/11/2016Gb would recommend this product to a friendIts lightweight, easy to move about, and very easy to assemble. They gave much More than enough netting and I would gladly recommend this screen top.
Great Product By John on 9/5/2016John would recommend this product to a friendassembly was easy, components were of good quality, and the finished product looks great. One suggestion is to take your time and you will get a real professional result.
Works great By Jim on 6/21/2016Jim would recommend this product to a friendEasier than I thought to put together. Works well. Looks good on my redsea tank
Great Product By Erin on 6/18/2016Erin would recommend this product to a friendWas 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 6/12/2016DAF would recommend this product to a friendEasy 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 4/26/2016Neil would recommend this product to a friendWould recommend to anyone
Easy! By Megan on 4/25/2016Megan would recommend this product to a friendI 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 4/23/2016David would recommend this product to a friendPatience 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 3/26/2016Terry would recommend this product to a friendWas 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 3/7/2016sppf121 would recommend this product to a friendI 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 2/6/2016Stephen would recommend this product to a friendDefinitely 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.