Great way to protect suicidal fish By Joshua on 12/15/2014
Joshua would recommend this product to a friend
Being 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 12/9/2014
9StickN8 would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 11/22/2014
Russell would recommend this product to a friend
Very 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 11/13/2014
Randall would recommend this product to a friend
Measure 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 8/23/2014
Apolloremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Got 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 6/21/2014
Casey would recommend this product to a friend
This 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 5/18/2014
kimberly would recommend this product to a friend
The 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 5/1/2014
Shawna would recommend this product to a friend
My 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 3/24/2014
evilc66 would recommend this product to a friend
While 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 2/12/2014
surfishjoe would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 1/21/2014
Axizo2 would recommend this product to a friend
If 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 1/20/2014
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
I 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.
works well By Phormium on 12/18/2013
Phormium would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great product--the frame is easy to cut and put together, tight fit so that it's not flimsy, sits flat and the mesh is also easy to get straight and taut. Depending on the size of your tank, there is lots leftover of the screen and the spline for future changes or repairs which is a nice bonus. Overall somewhat expensive but the results were worth it.
Looks Sharp By Michael on 11/25/2013
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Yes, I am aware that you could probably find all the parts for this kind of build at a hardware store, potentially even for less money. That's not the point of this kit. The point is that you buy a kit that's been tested over other people's tanks that you know works and won't require a single (or subsequent) trip to the hardware store. I used a simple hacksaw and rotary tool to cut and smooth the 3 foot kit to fit my Nuvo 24. It looks great and keeps my temps down in the hot Texas climate.
not worth it By Levi on 8/26/2013
Levi wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I got the same kit at my local home improvement store for under 10 dollars. This is such a rip off I would hope people aren't seriously paying this much for this junk.
works well/ cost effective By dru on 7/29/2013
dru would recommend this product to a friend
I have a custom sized rectangular tank with wrasses who jump. The top worked perfectly. While not quick to assemble.with frame cutting and inching along to get the screening tight,the final product looked great. I compared pricing for the kit components at a local hardware store and BRS was price competitive.
Got what I expected By mntbighker on 7/22/2013
mntbighker would recommend this product to a friend
I am not a big fan of the frame material but in general this seems to be the only game in town if you want this type of cover with clear screen material. I hope it holds up to the salt environment. The build process is pretty simple, but can be a little finicky to keep the screen tight and the frame square.
Works as advertised! By cmeyer24 on 6/10/2013
cmeyer24 would recommend this product to a friend
Exactly what I was looking for, and easy to cut and fit specifically to your tank!
Great kit By Lenny on 5/20/2013
Lenny would recommend this product to a friend
This kit has everything that you will need. I realize that you could get all the parts at Home Depot but you would have to purchase each item separately and for more money. Now I don't have to worry about my wrasse's jumping out of the tank!
Perfect top By Martin on 5/10/2013
Martin would recommend this product to a friend
easy to get together and does a nice finish. Definatly getting anoter set when i swap tank.
Great kit By TW on 5/7/2013
TW would recommend this product to a friend
Great job, BRS! I wish I had known about you all sooner. The kit was very easy to put together, though the 3'x2' dimensions likely mean almost everyone needs to trim this at least a little (probably cost-prohibitive for you to include a throw-away saw, though!). Luckily I have a hacksaw and some medium sandpaper. The assembly looks great and does its job. Thank you!
Great Solution By Mark on 5/3/2013
Mark would recommend this product to a friend
These are very easy to do and a great solution for jumpers. Took me about 1 1/2 hours to assemble 3 separate screens for my 250 gallon tank. You could probably go to Home Depot and get everything, but just much easier to get the DIY kit. Worth the money. Doesn't affect the lighting at all.
Easy assembly By Jim on 5/2/2013
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
Ordered 3 ft. quarter in. mesh kit. All you need is a dremmel to cut the aluminum tubing. You get extra mesh and insert to hold mesh. Put it on my 40 breeder reef tank. The tubing is about 4 '' extra in length. I couldnot use it all since I have equipment hanging off back of tanksince I donot runa sump.So I just cut a 4'' strip of eggcrate to go around my skimmer,refugium,and penguin200 filter.Now I don't have to worry as much about my yellow coris wrasse jumping out of the tank.Well worth getting if you have FISH that jump!
Easy DIY screen By Linda on 4/19/2013
Linda would recommend this product to a friend
I'm the rare female in this hobby whom is pretty handy. However, I needed a screen top for my new Deep Blue Professional 60g rimless and bought this kit with some hesitation. It was super easy and took about 30 minutes because I stretched the mesh too hard and hard to start over. Great looking clear mesh screen top which I couldn't find at Home Depot. Thanks BRS!
Great Solution By Logzor on 4/18/2013
Logzor would recommend this product to a friend
I didn't give this 4-5 stars because they aluminum frames were not perfectly straight, which caused some problems. I had to inset this frame into a rimless aquarium and create small tabs to hold it in place. The slight arc in the frames created a 1/2"+ gap where fish could jump out.
Unless you're doing a highly precise installation then this option should work out perfectly for you.
awesome By screen guy on 4/9/2013
screen guy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
If people are willing to pay these kinds of prices,, I'm definitely going to incorporate screen tops in my screening business. Thanks BRS
Great kit! By Jeff K. on 3/24/2013
Jeff K. would recommend this product to a friend
Great product. Takes a little while to cut to size but no biggie, very easy. Doesn't cast any shadows, superb alternative to egg crates. Would def recommend to anyone looking for a sleek screen top to their aquarium. Quality stuff. Thanks BRS!
AWESOME By Myst on 3/14/2013
Myst would recommend this product to a friend
This is so easy to assemble. I was using Egg Crate and did not realize how much light the tank was missing out on. I purchased these screen top kits and Wow! GREAT Product
Works as designed By David on 3/9/2013
David would recommend this product to a friend
Well packed, easy to build and looks good.
Works Great By Jamie on 2/25/2013
Jamie would recommend this product to a friend
Easily assembled. Does exactly what it is meant to and perfectly as described.
FABULOUS KIT!! By Todd on 1/13/2013
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to assemble with a very clean and custom look. Great for keeping fish in and kids toys out!
Great Custom Look, Super Service By Richard on 12/14/2012
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
My 120 Gal has a center-brace. Ried helped me modify the kit to maintain kit price with addition of extra corner braces & frame. As others mention it goes together quickly and its not hard to get the netting taut. The brown/black frame is a perfect compliment to my Aqueon Tank.
I had to account for a few cords & tubes entering the water at the back so I had to leave a gap. The frames are strong enough to span the 24'' gaps without a problem. I had plenty of each kit item and didn't have to buy a roll of spline at the local box store. This saved $$. Great product!
Excellent Buy!! By Dan on 12/9/2012
Dan would recommend this product to a friend
Exactly what i needed, BRS!! only took me about 30mins to assemble a screen top for my 90G :) Wish I knew about these kits awhile ago!!
complete package By John on 10/6/2012
John would recommend this product to a friend
Everything you need to build a screen top for your tank. Thanks BRS.
An excelent DIY half hour project. By Jordan on 9/14/2012
Jordan would recommend this product to a friend
Looks great, built quickly and easily and more importantly keeps the fish in my tank! Great investment.
Great By Seth on 9/3/2012
Seth would recommend this product to a friend
Great kit! Measure twice and cut once if ou need to trim the pieces. All quality material with a nice 1/4" mesh that won't block lighting.
Product does exactly what I wanted it to do By Brendan on 8/1/2012
Brendan would recommend this product to a friend
This product does take some patience during assembly. However aesthetically, I've yet to find a more appealing cover. I have a glass cover on my 55 gallon freshwater and the gas exchange is quite poor. One word of caution, water will splash though if using a low hanging lighting system. I doubled up my mesh netting to catch more of the water.
Quality By Joseph on 7/16/2012
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
This is probably one of the best tops ive ever bought. I cost very little, only took a hour to make for my 125g and it casts no shadows in my tank.
Plan to Modify By Ryan on 7/14/2012
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Kit is okay. But if i buy a 2'x2' kit it should be 2'x2' when assembled. You should not have to make cuts to get the size you ordered. If i wanted cut and modify i would not have bought this kit.
good By Steve on 6/13/2012
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
very easy assembly and looks great
Easy, effective By Ajgiov on 4/3/2012
Ajgiov would recommend this product to a friend
All bars needed to be cut to size, then endcaps fitted, then roll the spline into the groove and trim excess. I think it took about 30mins to complete. BRS has a video guide as well. Remember before cutting the bars you need to account for the endcaps