Brainstorming on hood/lid/canopy materials

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What do you used as materials for building your hood/lid ?

I'm not looking into wood as it rots, has to be cheap and easy to work with, so we exclude plexiglass and komatex/komacel as both expensive.

I was thinking to use those metal U profiles that are used as structure beneath rigips and cover it with polycarbonate. Easy to work with as both can be cut with a scissors and bent by hand, both can be put together using screws.

Do i have any other options ? i don't fancy having metal up there.

Don't know the english terms but you get the point if you look at these pics :






p.s. bear in mind that the cat will spend most of her afternoon on top so it has to be sturdy enough to support her jumping on and off .
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JasonR replied the topic: Brainstorming on hood/lid/canopy materials

Stained wood with a poly coating will work fine. You just then use flat glass or acrylic lids over the tank to control condensation. Keep the back of the canopy open to allow humid air to escape
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Nina_W replied the topic: Brainstorming on hood/lid/canopy materials

or waterproofed, painted wood also works just fine. Mine is mostly pressed wood, first wateerproofed, then painted black, and it's definitely not rotting.

Here's the design I followed for mine:
www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_canopy2.php

Simple as can be, and the back is open which keeps things nicely ventilated.
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