How To Build An Aquarium Canopy

How to build a fish tank canopy:

A custom build canopy can become the perfect hood for your aquarium. You can buy a ready-made canopy but for personal satisfaction it is suggested to make your own & customize it with accessories you need.

It is up to you whether you purchase canopy or make it yourself, it will look awesome. It is a box like structure which has an open bottom that fits atop your fish tank to hold lighting & other stuff while offering your tank a clean & beautiful look.

In my previous tutorials I have built aquarium stand & then I painted it. You can check out those tutorials after clicking on the link below:


How to build aquarium canopy
How to build aquarium canopy


A DIY fish tank canopy can enhance how your aquarium will look. You can put this canopy on the top of aquarium & it can help you hide the air pump, filter, light etc. If you buy a pre-build canopy, then it might cost you hundreds of bucks but this canopy only costs 90 dollars & it is made up of best quality material. Also other uses of this canopy is that you can build it yourself & according to your requirements.


Step: How to build a canopy for fish tank:

In this tutorial I will show you how to build aquarium hood at home. While building this canopy it is recommended to follow one simple rule, always measure twice & cut once. 

To build a homemade aquarium canopy watch this video:

How to build a homemade aquarium canopy


Material:

The material used to build this canopy includes:

1. Plywood: Marine Grade AA (Thickness: 6mm) – Requirement: 3 sheets
2. Timber: 2 x 1 – Requirement: 9 m in length
3. Timber Screw: Size 6G x 30 mm in length
4. Hand saw, circular saw & other PPE
5. Paint
6. Door Hinges and knob
7. Magnetic Tape


Step 1: Cut pieces of wood for building canopy frame:


Cut pieces of wood for building canopy frame
Cut pieces of wood for building canopy frame


I have placed the wood to build the frame of canopy. I have cut 4 pieces of 118 cm, then I cut 4 pieces of 36 cm, 4 pieces 29 cm & finally 4 pieces of 32.5 cm. 


Step 2: Start making frame of the canopy:


Start making frame of the canopy
Start making frame of the canopy


I started the procedure of building the frame for canopy by lying down the wood on the ground first. I drill holes in the wood for screws then I used electric screw driver for screwing screw. 


Step 3: Make a rectangular box of frame:


Make a rectangular box of frame
Make a rectangular box of frame



In this step I attached top rectangular frame to bottom rectangular frame using 4 pieces. At the end of this step I have a rectangular box shaped frame.


Step 4: Make sections of wood for placing canopy on aquarium:


Make sections of wood for placing canopy on aquarium
Make sections of wood for placing canopy on aquarium


I need to make sections made of wood at the bottom of frame for placing this canopy on top of aquarium.


Step 5: Use plywood to cover the canopy:


Use plywood to cover the canopy


After canopy frame is completed I used plywood to cover the canopy. Then I connected door hinge & knob for opening & closing the lid. 


Step 6: Paint the canopy:


Paint the canopy
Paint the canopy


After finishing mechanical work, I painted the canopy. Painting requires patience & care. I used leftover paint of my previous project.


Step 7: Use magnetic tape for proper closing of lid:


Use magnetic tape for proper closing of lid
Use magnetic tape for proper closing of lid


I used two layers of magnetic tape, one layer on the lid & second on the body so that when I close the lid, it gets attached to the body of canopy.


Step 8: Put plywood on top for covering:


Put plywood on top for covering
Put plywood on top for covering


I placed plywood on top of the canopy to cover it. This is the end of tutorial & I hope you have learned how to build an aquarium canopy at home.


Pros of DIY aquarium canopy:


Pros of aquarium canopy
Pros of aquarium canopy


DIY aquarium canopy can provide a fancy look to your fish tank & can hide the filter, air pump, light & other equipment. DIY canopy can be according to your requirement & it is cheap. 


Cons of DIY aquarium canopy:


Cons of aquarium canopy
Cons of aquarium canopy


Canopy puts limit on plants growth because they need room to grow. Also aquarium with canopy reduces the natural light entering it. Plants & certain types of fish need more light.
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