DIY Aquarium Screen Top Kits for Rimless Tanks - 1/4" Netting
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. If you have a rimless tank just simply select the length of your tank for the properly sized screen netting kit.
Available for the following tank sizes:
- 2 Foot Rimless
- 3 Foot Rimless
- 4 Foot Rimless
- 5 Foot Rimless
- 6 Foot Rimless
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||4x 3 Foot||4x 3 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 hacksaw or saw with a metal blade.
Note: Mounting clips are not included and can be purchased separately. We like to use the Innovative Marine Clips which can be found by clicking HERE
|Product Name||DIY Aquarium Screen Top Kits for Rimless Tanks - 1/4" Netting|
|SKU||DIY Aquarium Screen Top Netting Kits Rimless|
The frame itself is made from aluminum.
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.
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
which kit should i choose to buy? Thank You
Our frame rails measure 3/4" wide and 5/16" thick. I cannot comment on whether or not our corners will work with your existing frame but they can be modified with a utility knife if they are a close fit.
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.
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.
I only need the 2ft package, but have a rimless tank. Is my only option to buy the 5ft rimless?
In most cases rimmed tanks include a center brace, in which case we include framing to make two separate screens (one for each side.). For rimless tanks, we include longer sections of framing to span the entire length. If you only need a two foot length screen, you can just order the 2ft kit SKU: 220130
Thank you for reaching out to us! You would want the 5' kit.
Please let me know if you need anything further and take care!
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!
Wondering what size to get for an SC Aquarium starfire 50gallon?? I was thinking of the 2feet??
Have a great day!
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.