I just finished building a hood for my new 6g tank.
This whole project started when I won this 6g tank and a light fixture at a raffle at the last SCAPE meeting. The fixture that was given to me was a 55w cf 50/50 saltwater bulb. I am not up to the financial requirements of a nano reef so I decide to make a small-planted shrimp tank.
At the moment it just has a few rocks that I was thinking about using and some gravel I had lying around.
The hood is made out of scrap pieces of 1/8in plywood that was used to line the bottom of our cabinets. I also used the scrap edging and corner pieces from our cabinet installation to build the rest. It is structurally held together with small finishing nails and a lot of glue. I managed to attach a 20w 24" t8 fixture from my 29g tank inside my newly built fixture with the use of a few wood screws and some more scrap wood. I found the hinges used for the flap on a small balsa wood jewelry box I had lying around. I also used part of this box as corner supports since I couldnít nail together 1/8in plywood. I used the clips to hold the pieces while the glue dried.
The whole project was 0 cost to me and I think it looks pretty good and best of all (according to my mom) is it matches the kitchen. I realize it isnít perfect but I am 16 and not very experienced with making straight cuts with a saw and I tried circular saw than a saws all and finally the hand saw. I must admit this was a learning process and I would do a lot of things differently if I did it again but it was fun.