View Full Version : Canopy build for my 28G bow-front

08-29-2010, 7:30 PM
So this weekend, I started building the canopy for my 28G bow front. Very exciting, as once I finish the canopy I will finally take the leap from fresh water to marine...CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Attached is my design/schematic, and pics of the top and base. I have modified the base to accomodate a skimmer (eventually an overflow - have a sump coming in November which will be housed in my stand w/ the skimmer). The pics aren't the best, as taken with my phone, but good enough to give the general idea. I welcome any thoughts/recommendations.

08-29-2010, 7:32 PM
Good job, nice canopy!... you will live having a saltwater tank... make sure to ask tons of questions, the people here have always been a tremendous help to me!

08-29-2010, 8:59 PM
How do you bend the wood?

08-29-2010, 9:16 PM
I just built the frame, and used plywood, clamps and glue. The plywood bends easily.

08-29-2010, 10:50 PM
I thought the frame would be bent like the wood on my bow

08-29-2010, 11:31 PM
Very nice man! I see that charcoal in the background. Ya know you could use that to lure some people over to help with the setup right?

08-30-2010, 5:23 AM
How do you bend the wood?
you can actually do it a couple ways (in case you're looking to do it yourself..)

pm me and I'll give you a couple quick suggestions (that can be done relatively cheaply)

08-30-2010, 5:29 AM
I had cut the bend in the frame from a 1x4 and then clamped the plywood to the shape

08-30-2010, 5:32 AM
Great idea Smoothie!

09-01-2010, 8:06 PM
Made some progress this week - the build is complete, and all I have left to do is paint the inside, stain the outside and install my electronics: 4x28w t5's, moonlights and 2 fans...then the switch to marine begins...after I find a home for my fresh water fish (mother in law is taking care of this...).

09-03-2010, 7:49 PM
So, I have installed the t5 reflectors, and will be staining/sealing the canopy this weekend. I am getting rid of my fresh water fish on sunday, so the migration to marine begins. Once stained, I just have to install the moonlight and the cooling fans and I am all set. Looks like I may go ahead and mix my water and start cycling pretty soon.

09-06-2010, 7:13 PM
And the canopy is complete. I hope to be going to see Chris at Fish Scales tomorrow to buy my LR and LS.

09-13-2010, 2:46 PM
wow that looks really good man

09-13-2010, 10:00 PM
Thank you john~was my first canopy build so while I'm haPpy with how it turned out, there are things I will do differently next time

09-22-2010, 11:02 PM
looks nice