- DIY Aquarium Screen Top Kits for Rimmed Tanks - 1/8" 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 more needing to purchase extra frame and corners)
Rimmed kits come with more shorter sections of 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 1/8" netting, spline roller and spline.
1/8" 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' 1/8”||x||25'|
|3 Foot||2x 3 Foot||2x 2 Foot||4||6.5' x 2.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
|4 Foot Rimless
||2x 4 Foot||2x 3 Foot||4||6.5' x 6.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
|4 Foot Rimmed||2x 4 Foot||2x 4 Foot||8||6.5' x 6.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
|5 Foot Rimless
||2x 5 Foot||2x 4 Foot||4||6.5' x 6.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
|5 Foot Rimmed||4x 3 Foot||4x 3 Foot||8||6.5' x 6.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
|6 Foot Rimless
||2x 6 Foot||2x 4 Foot||4||6.5' x 6.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
|6 Foot Rimmed||3x 4 Foot||3x 4 Foot||12||6.5' x 6.5' 1/8”||x||25'|
Screen frame can easily be cut with a typical hacksaw or saw with a metal blade.
AIO Option for Netting Lid By Kaylie on 4/30/2020Kaylie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWhile it's convenient that all these pieces come in a kit together, I'd recommend purchasing the netting online here and the rest of the kit from a local hardware store at a much lower cost. Lid was a bit difficult to put together in regards to getting the netting and spline pressed in. Not ideal for tanks with hang on back equipment where cutouts would be necessary. Mine now protects three sides of my tank but I had to leave a 1.5" gap along the back for my HOB equipment.
easy/good product By joe on 4/15/2020joe would recommend this product to a friendi bought this to replace some of my older ones. Yes you do need to make some minor hacksaw cuts to get the perfect size but it was very easy to do and takes less than 5 minutes. In fact the whole process to assemble it was easy and i had my wife do it for me.
Will work for some By Bill on 10/9/2019Bill wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI guess this would work if you had a relatively small tank, and no cutouts for HOB equipment and such. If you try to make anything other than a rectangle/square, the edges are flimsy and you can't stretch the netting tightly enough to keep it from sagging into the water and eventually looking like an algae scrubber pad. If you stretch it too tight, the arms bend and it doesn't fit. I would only recommend if you had a relatively small tank, with no cutouts, and your water level sits low enough below the top of your tank that it doesn't sag into the water. The mesh material provided is excellent. It's plastic so shouldn't rust, and seems fairly sturdy.
Super easy, very clean By Russell on 9/12/2019Russell would recommend this product to a friendThis kit couldn't have been easier and I like the 1/8" over the 1"4".
Too difficult to install By Hunter on 1/19/2019Hunter wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis will work fine if you have a traditional square tank but its almost impossible to cut the flimsy aluminum into shorter pieces if you need to make cutouts for overflows or light mounts. Overpriced for what you get. Mine ended up in the trash and I'm sticking with the inferior glass tops because I simply can't make it work.
Good product By Andrew on 4/9/2018Andrew would recommend this product to a friendIt’s cheap but effective. The instructional video is a great help for constructing this. Best advice I can give is to make sure the piece is secure before cutting. Otherwise you’ll end up with messy scratches and it will ruin the aesthetic.
Great product By Don on 9/23/2017Don would recommend this product to a friendThis is an amazing product. The frame is easy to cut to size and the screen is simple to stretch and install with the tools supplied.
Fast, Cheap and Easy to use By Francis on 7/20/2017Francis would recommend this product to a friendI really like this screen top kit. I received it today and had it on the tank in less then 35 minutes. I had watched the tutorials so I just made sure to measure twice and cut once and everything went well. I also had my wife hold the screen tight while I installed the spline which was a big help too. Overall, a great investment.
Great lid kit By Andrew on 9/1/2016Andrew would recommend this product to a friendThis kit is east to put toeather and looks great when it's on the tank. Sleek and low profile. It does a great job of keeping cat hands out of the tank.
Works great. By Kman on 4/11/2016Kman would recommend this product to a friendThis DYI screen top is very easy. I built this for my 4 foot rimless tank. The only thing you'll need that doesn't come with this kit is a hack saw. I have a dremel so I used that. Follow the instructions its very straight forward. I built the screen by myself.
Excatly what I wanted. By Peter on 4/5/2016Peter would recommend this product to a friendThis kit plus a hack saw from your local hardware store makes an awesome screen top. Definitely helps to have a second set of hands to keep the netting taut.
Great! Exceeded my expectations By Pgeek on 11/16/2015Pgeek would recommend this product to a friendPhenomenal fit and look. Follow the instruction video and have a helper help the netting firm. Definitely recommend this.