While the lighting isn’t typically that expensive for a fish tank, it can get that way after years of use. Not only do you have to constantly replace light bulbs in your tank, but they can also be damaged from splashing water and additionally they have to be on for a long time each and every day. I want to share with you this easy do it yourself solar fish tank lid that I created that is not only ecofriendly, but will also help save you some money in the long run.
Materials for this project
*Solar LED lights
Constructing your fish tank lid
To begin construction on your fish tank lid first measure the length and width of your fish tank. Once you have both the length and width of your fish tank, cut out a flat piece of Plexiglas that is two inches wider and two inches longer than the fish tank itself. Using your drill make holes in the center every inch, this will be used to allow air to properly circulate to your tank. Mark the perimeter of the fish tank inside the piece of Plexiglas and then cut four pieces of rubber that match both the length and width of your fish tank. Attach each piece of rubber with rubber cement just outside the perimeter marked on the Plexiglas. This will allow you to place your now cut fish tank lid over your fish tank and secure it.
Installing the solar lighting
For installing the solar LED lights, you will want to cut four or five pieces of plastic tubing that equal their length. Once this is completed mark where you would like to attach them onto your Plexiglas lid and apply rubber silicone to the back of each piece, holding each piece for fifteen minutes to ensure a good hold. After each piece of plastic tubing has been installed feed your solar LED lights into the tubes, making sure that the solar panels are facing up and the solar lights are facing down toward the water’s surface. Seal up each end of the plastic tubing with rubber silicone to protect it from splashing water. If the solar LED’s need to be removed or replaced from the tubing at any time, simply remove the rubber silicone seal with a knife and pull the lights from their housing. Since the Plexiglas is clear there should be no problem with the recharging of the solar lights. If there is a problem with recharging, simply remove lid and place it outside for a few hours. If you would like, you can also cut a square out of the Plexiglas to use for feeding purposes which will also eliminate the need for you to drill holes into the top of the lid.