Before you can make an aquarium hood, you need to know the measurements of your aquarium. This will pose some obstacles with everything else I want the controller to do, but we’ll see how to get around them later when I discuss the LED controller and Power LED Shield V2’s And speaking of later, we’ll also get to my sump’s light, which has an additional 5 LEDs for the Chaeto to enjoy: 4 CREE XP-G Cool Whites + 1 CREE XP-G Neutral White.
I ordered the aqueon versa-top cause i could not find a hood to fit my aquarium, pet solutions had an excellent price, the glass part of the top fits absoluty perfect, could not ask for a better fit, the little plastic piece on the back is kinda of a pain, it just doesn’t go on well and it is so thick, it’s hard to cut, but overall, i would order this again in a heartbeat.
First thing I did was break out a copy of my layout from STEP 2. Doing one color of LED one LED at a time, I began by applying a dab of thermal compound to the back of a LED star, then placing the LED star in between the designated holes (the yellow & purple arrows from STEP 3). I then applied a little downward pressure on the LED with my finger, and while doing this, I pushed it around a bit in a circular motion.
In my opinion the best option is the canopy mounting; not only is it the most simple, it also places the LED Fixtures at a distance from the water that allows for better light spread (6-10 inches) and lowers the risk of moisture damage to emitters (which still should be regularly wiped inside and out to prevent this damage, as with any light fixture used for aquariums I might add).
If anyone dose have a go at making a tank stand and hood post some pic or start your own thread up and let us know how you went on. The trend in reef aquarium design nowadays is towards more streamlined, cover-less aquariums. If you want to give your DIY aquarium hood a unique look, consider giving it a glass top with lightweight glass panels that slide to allow you easy access to the interior of your tank. Well I decided it was time to get my ass back in the garage and get to work on the aquarium stand. The quality of the resulting canopy will depend on how much you want to put into it.
Next take pieces of equal size and screw them directly on top of the first 1 X 3 pieces against the sides of the hood. Using a combination of wood glue and nails to secure everything, build the rectangular box sides of the canopy out of these four pieces. By the way, I give all the details about the lighting I use in the section about my 240G , and you can see here that it works well for a 125G tank too. I want to double the lighting on my 55g and I have 2 lights (a standard strip light and a Marineland Double Bright LED Light Fixture). Place canopy on aquarium and add light bulbs and prewired waterproof end caps (G). So armed with my new curves and my tensol 70 i set about reassembling the hood.
As you can see by the below picture, I had added two sets of mounting rails as I was planning to use two sets of hanging bars for the LED lighting to be used on this aquarium. This light-proofs the canopy, so you don’t see the line between the frame and lid when the aquarium lights are on. One of the last things that I had done was to add two pieces of wood on the inside of each side for the mounting bar of my LED lighting to sit on. You can also adjust the height of this wooden rail to allow for a T5HO fixture.
This LED aquarium hood contains cutouts for easy access to make feeding time and routine filter changes quick and easy, since they eliminate the need to remove the entire hood. They are talking about pressurised CO2 here but people use EasyCarbo or Excel with good results under low/moderate light. The front of the door drops down 2 inches past the frame so it will match the sides and back of the canopy. On the open fourth side, nail it to the others so that the board is lying on top of the aquarium and over the water.
This method can be used for aquariums that are simple placed on stands or shelves with a shelf above (which the LED Strip is place on), or for larger Aquarium Condos” popular with breeders, fragging, etc. The final straw for me was that about two months into having the tank all but one of the LED lights have burned out because they are not properly sealed against the moisture produced by the tank. The Marineland LED Aquarium Hoods are easy to setup, easy to operate, and easy to maintain.
Even then, my aquarium maintenance friends were careful of their placement of the PDUs and most as of 2013 still have the original PSU dating back to 2009. I would also design the canopy for extra space inside the canopy for better air movement to help the lighting stay cool. Now if you will join me, for the next few minutes I’ll take you on a tour of what I did to build a low cost canopy hood. The outside measurements of this frame are the same as the outside measurement of the aquarium.