DIY Aquarium Hood Light

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DIY Aquarium Hood Light
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Your aquarium’s hood light is a solid investment to ensure the comfort and happiness of your fish and reptile pets. The light provides the feeling of natural sunlight. The canopy that contains the light also adds protection to the animals living inside the aquarium. Building the hood light of your aquarium is fairly simple. You can construct its canopy using a simple wooden base. The lighting can be placed inside the lid of the canopy to allow you to easily shut or open it whenever needed. This will provide your pets with a homier habitat.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 4 wood boards
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • 1-by-1-inch wooden square pegs
  • Screwdriver
  • Large sheet of plywood
  • Mitre saw
  • Two metal hinges
  • Three long light bulbs, measured to fit the aquarium lid
  • Light bulb clips

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  1. 1

    Get the exact dimensions of your aquarium using your measuring tape. Use these measurements to determine the size of your lighting canopy. Measure the two horizontal sides of your tank and run the tape vertically to get its length. Cut the wood boards according to the size of your tank. Two boards should be measured to fit vertically on the tank and the other two boards to fit horizontally on your tank.

  2. 2

    Set one of your two long boards on the edge of the aquarium and nail each of your two smaller boards on both sides using a hammer.

  3. 3

    Get the other longer board and place it opposite the first one. Lay it flat on top of your two smaller wood boards and nail them together using your hammer. This board will serve as the back of your aquarium and should be attached above it to allow the tubes and lighting cords to go through the passage.

  4. 4

    Attach the 1 x-1-inch wooden square pegs using your screwdriver. The pegs will serve as the anchors for your lighting canopy. Secure them inside the wooden boards, right in the middle or about 3/4 to 1 inch from the bottom edges of your board. Secure the square peg in vertical position from the middle of the last board that will lie over the tank’s back.

  5. 5

    Use your plywood to create the canopy’s lid by trimming with a mitre saw. See to it that the plywood is an inch bigger outside and around the dimensions of your wooden box. The dimensions of the lid will depend on the size of your canopy.

  6. 6

    Attach the hinges at the back of your plywood lid using your screwdriver in order to attach it to your aquarium lighting canopy. Position the box on top of the aquarium to see if it fits correctly.

  7. 7

    Place the lighting inside the aquarium canopy and use the locking clips to secure the bulb inside the lid. See to it that each bulb clip is two inches apart.

  8. 8

    Plug in the light to a nearby power source to turn on your aquarium’s hood light.

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