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I bought the plastic mesh from BRS and zip tied that to egg crate for my lid. Works wonders. I’ll post you a pic shortly.
 

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You can also use a DIY screen kit. They come with the plastic corners and are made from aluminum. Just use some plastic screen material for the netting.
 
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I ended up getting the Red Sea DIY kit. My lovely LFS is assembling it for us as I type - hopefully it'll be on the tank this weekend! I've also got the PAR meter at home so I don't unintentionally fry my corals.

Speaking of corals, my light green goni is totally bleached now and I think probably past making a comeback now, but my purple one has bounced back like a champ (and as it's the one I wanted to come back the most, I'm trying not to be too upset about the other one lol). I've been heavily feeding now I know they aren't getting enough out of the lights and the corals are definitely perking up. My green and purple acan has gone from 4 heads to about 12 now

Hopefully once the lid is on and the lights up to a half decent level, my coral buying rampage can resume
 
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So...finally got my hands on the mesh lid from my LFS yesterday...except he didn't put the hanging clips on the edges! Also it hasn't been cut straight so there's a gaping hole in one of the corners. Sigh. I'm not sure what to do next tbh. As the tank was custom made I may email the company that made it to see if there's anything they can do/make for me.
LFS has said he will refund me, but still, frustrating. Whats a girl gotta do to have a lid that will let me go back on a coral buying rampage?! Lol.
 

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Grrrr... that's a bummer! Hmmm, have you tried DIY'ing a mesh lid yet? Lol, I haven't, but I've seen it done quite easily with parts that were very easy to find at big box hardware stores. Lemme call on a few buddies who actually have experience here.
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If you're looking for a cheapy route, just go to home depot and buy some window frames and some connectors. Hacksaw, get some mesh screen off BRS, and window spine it down to the frame and done. If you're looking for something a bit more fancy, Top Lids make custom and really fancy acrylic lids.
 
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Ahh thank you all, in the end I stuck some little plastic pieces on the edges of it so that it kinda hangs off the edges of the glass braces so it's workable until I find the willpower to DIY one (probably in 10 years, my DIY skills currently are at -10 points, lol). Interesting that the corals have all massively perked up, and I treated myself to a little marble hammer and a small leptastrea frag.
My next thing I want to sort out is proper 2 part dosing but this is gonna need some research and probably a bit of time to save as funds are tight at the moment (I'm taking my son to Hawaii in August and just paid for flights - made my eyes water lol).
The bubble coral is also starting to close his mouth more...yep, he's still going. Actively feeding and beautifully green, I'm amazed he's lasted this long!
Still have some algae but have just started to dose vibrant for bubble algae so interested to see how that works!
 
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Full tank shot for anyone wanting to see how it's getting on. Everything still walking up but not looking too shabby I think
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It looks fantastic! Love the huge goni. Is that a Coral Beauty?
Thanks! Yes that's a coral beauty, his name is Jaws as he swims around looking for fish to beat up lol. He is definitely the boss! Although he gets a run for his money from the female clownfish (aka big momma). The others try to stay out of his way lol. He is the biggest coral beauty I've ever seen
 
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Been on a mini coral splurge this week lol. Little baby bubble coral arrived in the post yesterday, I'm picking up some green trumpets on Sunday from a local reefer, and I've got a blue goni frag and some red people eaters waiting to be posted out I have a problem, I admit it. Finding good sellers who post and having people at home who will acclimate for you is DANGEROUS (and convenient lol)...
 
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Went on a road trip to my fave store today. Came home with a red goni, a torch, a purple monti and a red monti. Will post pics when they're all settled in
 
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Few pics. Not all are new but dont think I've posted before/much of

The torch is really beautiful, it has a green base that you just get flashes of as it waves around. Tried for ages to get a photo but I just cant see to get the timing right lol.

The trumpets I got from a local reefer who was selling them dirt cheap, couldn't say no. The bubble was an online purchase, love him (affectionately referred to as "mini bubs" haha!). Picked up the catalphyllia a few weeks ago and the hammer a little while back but it's so pretty it deserved to be included again

Goni garden is now looking great, we are up to 6 gonis now. I have a problem
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Would appreciate people's thoughts - I have a leather who is getting pretty massive and it's starting to smother my zoa rock. It needs to be fragged down to a reasonable size again. However, it is attached to about 4 different rocks so taking it out to do this is going to be pretty much impossible unless I completely rescape (which I really don't want to do). Do you think I could get away with trimming it in the tank and chucking some carbon in the sump? I just need to cut off about 3 inches off the back of it...figure a scalpel or very sharp pair of scissors would do the job?
 
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