- DIY Aquarium Screen Top Kits for Rimmed Tanks - 1/4" Netting - Bulk Reef Supply
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 following tank sizes:
- 2 Foot Rimmed
- 3 Foot Rimmed
- 4 Foot Rimmed
- 5 Foot Rimmed
- 6 Foot Rimmed
A 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 there 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.
Rimmed Kits: (no need to purchase extra frame and corners)
Rimmed kits come with more shorter sections o the 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.
2' Rimmed kits can make one 2' x 2' net top
3' Rimmed kits can make one 3' x 2' net top
4' Rimmed kits can make two 2' x 2' net tops
5' Rimmed kits can make two 3' x 3' net tops
6' Rimmed kits can make three 2' x 2' net tops
Each kit includes frame sections, screen corners, roll of 1/4" netting, spline roller and spline.
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.
Works great for a price By Allen on 1/27/2020Allen would recommend this product to a friendYou can go and purchase all of these materials cheaper at a hardware store but sometimes it's tough to find the clear netting. Being able to purchase everything as a package was very convenient, you just have to be willing to pay the price for the convenience. The screen top works great on my tank.
The Nascar Of Screens - Left Turns Only! Red-Sea Zig Zag pieces don't fit! By Tim_CO on 1/17/2020Tim_CO wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIf you have a perfectly square/rectangular aquarium with no obstructions you'd like to cover, this is the kit for you. If you would like to do some zigs and zags around light mounts, overflows, returns, etc. this set is pretty much worthless. The corner pieces allow you to turn one directly only and you can't turn them over because one side has a track. Left turns only. Think about it, man...
I thought I'd save a few bucks and buy this kit and the Red Sea zig-zag parts. Unfortunately the screen groove of the Red Sea kit use a different size of metal framing which is much larger requiring a thicker gauge rubber tube. I tried to force it by wrapping the Red Sea pieces with electrical tape, the end result is sloppy, ugly, and loose. Also, the Red Sea bits require a different gauge of screen trim rubber so I had to make several trips to the local hardware store.
I should've stopped and sent the whole mess back once I figure out the problem, but my brother in law who was formerly a carpenter drove close to a hundred miles to help me out so we pushed through.
I haven't decided if my OCD can handle the sloppy execution yet. I suspect I'll end up buying two of the red sea kit too. With all the trim bits, hose, close to $150 down the drain.
Save your money. Get the D-D Tank Top Kit. By John on 8/3/2019John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorks ok with 1/4" mesh, not at all with 1/8" supplied by BRS. Spline and groove don't fit well, spline is too large and almost impossible to insert without cutting the mesh. The D-D kit, both connectors and extrusion, are far superior in my view than this glorified window screen kit ($8 at your local hardware, admittedly without the clear mesh. You can buy massive quantities of identical mesh in various sizes (a damn big fish can fit through 1/4" mesh) used to hold insulation from specialty shops. If this worked, it would be overpriced but ok. It simply doesn't.
Not Black, Overpriced By Dominique on 5/24/2019Dominique wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI asked BRS what color this was and they responded it was black. This is NOT BLACK. It's a dark brown. The same dark brown available at my local Home Depot. I bought this item because I could not find black screen frames anywhere so I was willing to pay the high premium price to get black as BRS indicated it was. Corners are also dark brown. Having received dark brown instead, I am very disappointed as I could have purchased the the parts I needed for less than half the cost elsewhere (I did not need the tool or spline).
Aside from price and color, the product isn't all that great either. The frame had many nicks and scratched in the brown paint, reveling the light metal color below. The frame is weak and bows and bends when you try to stretch out the netting to get rid of the folds and wrinkles.
I did not have an issue with the spline popping out, but I did not use their spline, I used scraps I had leftover from another project. The spline I used looked just a hair or two thinner than BRS spline, so perhaps that helped?
Go to your hardware store and make your own, this price is a rip off.
Fricken Awesome!! By Rachel on 5/22/2019Rachel would recommend this product to a friendI have a 125g tank an omg love this kit it was challenging at first but after the first one it was cake. Also they give you enough screen if you mess up or ruin one. Thanks guys!!
Good if you just need a square. By Andrei on 3/11/2019Andrei wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is not a bad kit if all you need is a basic square. Aluminum framing is basic and pretty flimsy but it works for a basic square.
If you need to make cutouts in the square, do not bother with this. If you put any tension on the netting the aluminum frame will bend and will not stay the right shape.
I purchased the 3'x2' 1/4" kit and 4 extra corners to make a cover for my 3'x2' tank and a cutout for the radion rms mount. Everything worked great right until I put in the netting. The 2' side that had the cutout in the middle immediately bowed and there is no way to fix this. When I contacted BRS they said this is a common issue and there is really no fix. Recommended the red sea kit and that's what I'll be trying next.
POS By James on 11/1/2018James wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWould never recommend. Way over priced , I didn’t know you could get this stuff at the hardware store for way less. Also turned out to not work at all the spline will not stay in the track and now I’m left with 40$ worth of trash. If you are not looking for a headache make sure not to purchase this product.
I'll NEVER go back to glass By Derik on 5/10/2018Derik would recommend this product to a friendI got tired of cleaning the glass top panels (3 of them) on my 72" 180G tank and saw this on the BRS site. One of the better purchases I have made. My PAR values went up by 15 units and my PH by 0.1. I like that I can just pour food in and I'm not hitting my lights when I open and close the top.
I was not super happy that the kit I ordered did not contain the netting. I called BRS and they shipped me the missing net...via two day. The net they shipped had some sort of black stain on a portion but, there was more than enough in the package so I didn't have to use the black part. QA/QC seem to be a little lacking IMO. I also wish there were more corner pieces - you will be making squares or rectangles nothing complicated. If you have plumbing or cords coming out of your tank you will need to leave a gap the length of the panel or find some extra corner pieces.
I found assembly to be a two person job - there is no way you can pull the net tight and push the spline in at the same time. I tried to tape the net down on the floor but, it didn't hold for me. I also found that pulling the net too tight caused the frame to go out of square, that was a minor eye sore and it doesn't negatively affect function.
Must have By Josh on 4/8/2018Josh would recommend this product to a friendEasy to build and came with plenty of extra material all you need is a hacksaw and youre good to go
Very nice! By Kyle on 3/2/2018Kyle would recommend this product to a friendInstall was easy, not to long but I’m OCD. Looks much better then my glass top. I cut a small hole for power head cord. Easy to install with 1 person just keep it tight with your fingers. This will keep gas exchange, natural evaporation and light penetration! Wish I could add pictures. BRS you need an option for that! Would improve your sales ;)
Not a fan By James on 2/22/2018James wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVery over priced for what it was.
Decent value for a decent product By Zach on 10/8/2017Zach would recommend this product to a friendAfter watching the instruction video (DO THIS) I ended up with a pretty good looking screen top in one try. I highly recommend that you pick up a metal file to finish your hacksawed edges since they will NOT be clean. Also, a metal file allows you to shave an extra mm or two if your cut isn't perfect like mine. I received enough spline and mesh netting to do this four times over (24"kit), so the extra was nice.
Using the clips on your rimless tank? FACTOR IN the inner tank width those clips take away when measuring. I had to painstakingly shave two of my frame pieces down for a proper fit.
Also, 1/4" netting is plenty small to keep jumpers out (I don't know what another reviewer was talking about). Maybe the smallest neon goby could make it through if it had a perfectly vertical trajectory, but nothing in my tank is making it through this netting.
For a 40 breeder tank (36 x 18 x 17inch), which kit should I buy? thanks!!
The 3ft kit should be the perfect option for you and can be cut down to just the right size.
Have a great day!
I have a Kessel AP700 and the mounting arms hang over the frame of the aquarium. Can I still use a screen top on this tank? How would that work?
My tank is 72" X 28", how wide is the netting that you sell, i don't see any problem with the length. My tank is rimmed and has a center brace, so i will be making 2 screen sections. Just trying to get as much info as possible , hoping to get everything i need in one purchase.
The actual piece of screen netting we include with the 6' kit is a 6.5-foot square piece of netting. that will most likely leave you with quite a bit extra.
I have a 30x30 rimless cube which size would you get?
I have a 36 x 18 tank with a brace down the middle. Should I get the 5ft version and trim it down to two 1.5’ cubes?
Thank you for reaching out with your question. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you.
The screen kit for rimmed tanks come with enough corners to make 2 screens so you would want the 3 foot kit for rimmed tanks.
Let us know if you have any other questions!