Time for an update...
The supplier I mentioned in an earlier post is NO LONGER cutting the acrylic into the strips, he claims it is too dangerous and hit me with prices that were beyond a rip off to discourage it.
I found another supplier but his prices are on the high side unless I buy a full sheet. So unless a bunch of people want to get in on this, I won't be making any more covers.
I did make a cover for Awilda's 20g tank..she has the pics up on her tank thread. There are a couple more covers on Randy's tanks at Pratt..if you happen to visit over there. And of course there are pics on my tank threads.
Last night I finally got to make one for Bigsink's 75g tank (sorry for the delay John!) and wanted to share a few more pics here with some of the changes that I've added to the covers to make them more user friendly....
My old 75 is still here so it was easy to do the measuring for John's tank. He'd told me he has 2 plugs from his PH's and he has corals he needs to spot feed so I added doors to his cover(s).
It's best to use a square when you are aligning the outer edges of the frame & doors
I got some great new little clamps
The following are the changes I have made to the covers.
All of the corners are joined by adding 1/16" pieces of acrylic since you cannot butt 2 pieces of acrylic this thin & glue them (see these in the earlier pics). Since I only had these pieces in the corners I found the covers were sagging slightly (by 1/16") over time along the long side of the cover. I have now added a few extra pieces of acrylic along those edges for support (see pieces marked # 2 in pics)
Item maked # 1 is the corner cut outs for power cords to go through the cover. A simple slice gets made in the netting, the power cord slide through and the netting closes back up. It makes a nice neat appearance.
I'm doing these with 1 hole in each corner so if anything is added to the tank there is space to put the cords through.
Here is a pics of one of the covers I made for John fitted on my old 75g. It 'sits' on the inner channel of the frame and flush with the top of the tank.
Here is the pic of the cover I made for Awildas 20g
Thanks for looking!