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Okay, so I have been obsessing about doing a canopy for my 55g and I finally talked the girlfriend into letting me do it. I forgot my camera so I didn't get alot of pictures of the construction but I thought that I would post some pictures of the finished product PRE-paint. But for people who are looking for the important information lets start here:

Total Cost:
With the paint I bet about $50 bucks.

So lets start here!


This is an image of the backbone of the canopy and the supporting I put into place. While others have argued the strength of ply, I decided to just go with go ole' pine.


This is a picture of the entire thing with the lid closed.


This is an image with the lid open.


Inside of the canopy with a shot of the supports again.


This is how the un-painted canopy looks on top of the tank.


The image of the canopy sitting on top of the tank on the right side.


Finished product from far away.

I didn't have anything to use like auto-cad or something, I just sorta looked at what other people did and went with it. I wanted to be able to use my current lights and lids and I just wanted to be able to top the tank.

I am gonna paint the canopy this week and I will send more pictures when I do that.

Should I just do a few coats of latex paint or should I seal it with something?
 

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Oh I also thought I would add, yes I know, I need a background. I am getting ready to put different fish in that tank as I bought a new tank for the Malawi's and I am going to paint the background when I attempt that move.
 
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