How to wrap up a tank for a blackout??

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by PM, 11 Nov 2008.

  1. PM

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    I am supposed to be in the first day of my 3 day blackout due to my BGA problem, but I don't know how to wrap up the tank!

    I have covered all the glass sides with thick black card, but how do I do the top? I tried draping towels over it but they dipped in the middle and got soaking wet!

    Also I can't find the original lid for the tank anywhere!!

    Obviously it needs to be something that won't let any light in, I still have lily pipes etc to contend with, any help would be great! :?
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    You could use several rigid bars rested on top of your tank to support anything you drape over it. Something like off cuts of wood etc. Anything rigid and long enough to go front to back.
     
  3. PM

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    Is that how most people do it then??

    I don't think I have wood laying around, I'm kind of limited in what I've got!

    This is gonna take some ingenuity!
     
  4. LondonDragon

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    When Clark (Superman) did it, he just taped some bin liners all around the tank, that did the trick ;)
     
  5. ollyhtafc

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    If you weight the corners of the towel down with whatever is lying around it might not drape?
     
  6. PM

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    Thanks guys, I thought about bin liners, but ours aren't all that opaque.

    I wanted a 100% blackout, which I think I have now achieved, I rested my A3 portfolio on top and draped lots of dark thick towels over it.

    I really hope this works!

    I'll report back in about a week in my journal :)
     
  7. Voo

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    What about going to a supermarket and getting some cardboard boxes? You can cut them up to cover the top and then always double up with some towels on top.
     
  8. Superman

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    Yup, did the trick. Just needed like "rubble sacks" from B&Q (or any other main DIY store) as normal bin liners are a bit see through.

    I'd only warn that whne I undid it, there was loads of condensation in and around the plastic. So be careful when removing near electrics.

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  9. Goodygumdrops

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    Might be a good idea for anyone doing this then to cover with a bath sheet first and then plastic (to soak up condensation).
     
  10. LondonDragon

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    Yep and don't leave your light unit inside it ;)
     
  11. Goodygumdrops

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    Lol,this is good though,we NEED idiots guides. :)
     
  12. beeky

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    Are you inferring something? :lol:

    That tank wrapped up looks like it's going to be posted! I thought it was stop light getting in, not make it airtight!
     
  13. Goodygumdrops

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    More of an admission really :oops:
     

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