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Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 1:13 pm
by ciaraalston
ROSIEonFIRE wrote:Nice. I want to upgrade (I only bought this tank less than 2 years ago and I already want a bigger one lol) and I think bowfronts look the nicest but there is the question about what to do for the lid. I made the lid on my current tat myself out of wood but my carpentry skills are limited to shapes with 90 degree angles. What's ur plan?

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I actually used egg crate for the lid! I will post a pic when I get home from work.

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Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 1:17 pm
by RiNiKy506
ROSIEonFIRE wrote:Nice. I want to upgrade (I only bought this tank less than 2 years ago and I already want a bigger one lol) and I think bowfronts look the nicest but there is the question about what to do for the lid. I made the lid on my current tat myself out of wood but my carpentry skills are limited to shapes with 90 degree angles. What's ur plan?

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I agree! I love the bowfronts, they are so elegant looking. They do make the glass canopy lids, like for the regular sized tanks but they are pretty pricey. I love the diy lid video, it’s definitely great way to go. I can’t wait to see how you made your lid, Ciara. Your tank is one of my favorites that I’ve seen, I am so in love with the bow fronts.

Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:47 pm
by ciaraalston
So here's how I did my lid:

I cut the egg crate to fit the top, it staggers around the curved front like so:
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I then cut a large hole in the center, big enough to remove my water bowls and such when needed.
I cut a spare piece to fit that over hole, and overlap about 3 squares.
I wrapped both pieces separately in seran wrap.
Then I siliconed the large piece onto the tank .
I ziptied the back of the smaller piece loosely so that it's like a hinge.
Here's some pictures, because I'm horrible at explaining haha!
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Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:48 pm
by ciaraalston
RiNiKy506 wrote: I agree! I love the bowfronts, they are so elegant looking. They do make the glass canopy lids, like for the regular sized tanks but they are pretty pricey. I love the diy lid video, it’s definitely great way to go. I can’t wait to see how you made your lid, Ciara. Your tank is one of my favorites that I’ve seen, I am so in love with the bow fronts.
Thank you! A bowfront was my dream! I'm absolutely in love with it!

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Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:51 pm
by RiNiKy506
That is so cool! You did an awesome job, very creative. The things us crabbers can come up with, the possibilities are endless.

Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 5:22 pm
by ciaraalston
RiNiKy506 wrote:That is so cool! You did an awesome job, very creative. The things us crabbers can come up with, the possibilities are endless. Image
Right!?!? We tried a couple of ideas, but this one was the best so we went with it lol. It doesnt look the greatest but I'm okay with it. Its practical lol

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Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 5:32 pm
by RiNiKy506
It doesn’t look bad, it’s efficient and very creative.

Re: 80 gallon bow front upgrade!!!

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 8:45 pm
by Oliviet#1
I’m sorry you lost one of your crabs🙁.Great job on the tank though!