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Aquarium cover with your own hands can be made of organic glass, plastic or silicate glass. Note the size of your new aquarium.
Nowadays, the most popular cover material is PVC, or polyvinyl chloride (foam).
See how to make a cover for the aquarium with your own hands.
If you have a small tank aquarium, then the cover can be made of construction plastic with a thickness of 3-5 mm. But it is not recommended to lay on the glass. That is, you should initially prepare the sides of plastic, cut strips along the length of the walls with a width of 6-10 cm.
This is the height of the rim. The frame can be glued with resin or plastic glue. The corner joint is reinforced with a glued metal corner.
Then the cover can be mounted on the aquarium.
A good method of attaching the bumpers to the upper part of the container is obtained by means of a PVC cable channel. On both sides of the channel there are grooves where you need to insert both the walls of the tank and the lengths of the rim. Therefore, it must be selected in accordance with the thickness of the glass.
All lines of the joint must be sealed with silicone glue.
Then attach the hinges to the rear edge to raise the cover. Hinges can be either glued or bolted together. In the plastic surface of the cover you need to make a square hole so that it is captured and lifted.
Through this hole you will feed the fish. If you notice that the plastic bends, in the inner surface, along its length it is worth making a gain with a light corner of aluminum.
The resulting corner will be mounting for lighting lamps.
In order to quietly go into the aquarium all the wiring and hoses from the equipments, at the stage of gluing the carcass, carefully cut holes in the side of the rim. This is done with a drill.
You can make the same holes on the opposite side to improve ventilation inside the tank. After this stage, you can install aquarium equipment, and fix lighting fixtures inside the cover.
Light bulbs for lighting is recommended to choose in advance. New types – LED and fluorescent, in which the power of 0.4-0.5 watts per liter of water. The spectrum of light should depend on the type of fish and plants that will settle in the pond.
It is not recommended to install a lot of incandescent bulbs with tungsten filament. They heat the water too much, which can lead to a deterioration of the condition of all living creatures.
Lamps must be under special protective glass. If you wish, you can decorate the aquarium cover with your own hands, using a self-adhesive film.
The resulting product will be much cheaper.
How to make your own aquarium at home?
Every year aquaria is becoming an increasingly popular hobby in different countries of the world. The fish are very beautiful, watching them wonderfully calms the psyche and adjusts to a positive, creative way.
The only problem is that the cost of the aquarium can be very high. And it is not only about some branded models!
Many fans have a question about how to make an aquarium with your own hands. In principle, there is nothing extraordinary in this.
And you can be sure of this by reading our article.
There are several reasons for this, besides dissatisfaction with the price of factory copies. Let’s list them:
- Firstly, an experienced amateur aquarium may not be satisfied with the quality, shape and other characteristics of what is now sold in stores.
- Secondly, you just might want to do something useful with your own hands.
- Thirdly, you want to “fill your hand” and subsequently engage in the sale of self-made aquariums.
In general, with the reasons figured out. So how to make an aquarium with your own hands?
The case must begin with the selection of suitable material.