maintenance, care, compatibility
Without a lid that covers the aquarium, a long and happy life of ornamental fish will be impossible: the lack of light and heat, dust and debris will lead to their illness and even death. To pick up and buy these devices in specialized stores is not such a big problem. In addition, some aquariums already include covers that are part of the overall design.
Why do many aquarists make them yourself? The fact is that at home it can be done, as they say, to your taste and a certain size.
How to make a cover of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)?
The cover for the aquarium can be bought in specialized stores, but it may not be suitable for your tank in terms of quality or size. There are many inconveniences that you have to face after installing the factory cap. Among them:
- Factory models of covers are not always suitable for a non-standard size aquarium.
- The factory covers use 2 electric lamps, but they are not enough to create the perfect lighting.
- Cleaning the tank will be inconvenient, since such a mechanism is disassembled in parts. It is also inconvenient when replacing water.
- The aquarium cover may be close to the surface of the water, which will cause the formation of strong condensate. Low landing mount will affect the temperature of the water, raising it by 5 degrees or more.
- The intake mechanism of water for the filter is inconvenient to install because of the narrow compartments for wires and tubes.
- There is no ventilation system.
Whether the backlight will be installed in your cover is one of the most important issues that will need to be resolved at the planning stage of a purchase or designing a homemade cover. The answer, first of all, will be influenced by the purpose for which you will use the aquarium.
Thus, it is completely unnecessary for turtles, and it is even dangerous to acquire covers with evenly set lighting around the perimeter. These animals need warm and cold zones in the aquarium, so it is advisable for them to make a cover with an ordinary incandescent lamp installed in one of the corners.
Lamps over the entire surface of the cover are suitable for growing fish and plants. Moreover, the more powerful the lamps are, the better for water plants.
And if you are going to focus only on the breeding of fish, then the standard ready-made covers are quite suitable.
The made cover, of course, should be well suited to the shape of the aquarium. The easiest way to do it is to make a rectangular lid for an aquarium, most of the scrap materials will be suitable for it, such a shape is easy to design, there will be no problems with installing lighting fixtures, if necessary.
But to make the right cover for a round aquarium will be more difficult, since not any material can be used to create structures of this shape. Therefore, in the case of a round aquarium, it is better to first browse the catalogs of finished products from companies specializing in the manufacture of aquariums and covers for them, and only if a suitable option is not found, proceed to manufacturing yourself.
Consider the basic materials from which you can make a cover for the aquarium.
The first and most logical – glass. It is suitable if the lid does not require the installation of complex lighting or ventilation mechanisms. In this case, the glass can simply cut a rectangle equal to the area of the upper part of the aquarium.
For safety, it is better to fix this cover in special rubber runners or attach special furniture magnets on it, which will fix the aquarium in the closed state.
Cover for aquarium of laminate flooring available, it can be made from the remnants of the material after the repair. At the same time such a lid will fit well into the interior of the room. It is only necessary to calculate how much such a lid will heat up if you install powerful lamps in it.
This will create not only beautiful, but also safe piece of furniture.
Another available option is a cap for an aquarium from PVC panels. This is a very budget way to transform your aquarium.
This cover can also be perfectly combined with the interior, if you choose the option in the color of the floor or walls. At the same time, PVC is not bad cut, which makes it possible to use it even for round-shaped covers.
The plastic covers for the aquarium are light and comfortable, but not entirely safe from the point of view of harmful emissions, as well as reactions to heating with lighting lamps.
You can also make a beautiful cover for the aquarium plexiglass. By its properties, it is practically not inferior to real glass, and working with it is easier and much lower the risk of breaking an inadvertently made lid.