An Automated Aquarium Hood

If you have a saltwater aquarium and lighting is provided by metal halide lighting then potentially you could have quite a large [tag-tec]aquarium hood[/tag-tec].

As we all know there are times when we need to access the aquarium in order to feed the fish, introduce new corals or fish, move rocks around etc and if you have a large aquarium hood then they can become quite bulky and hard to lift.

I have thought about this for a while now so had a look on You Tube to see if anyone had made an aquarium hood which went up and down automatically. I located one which interested me.

I presume that the owner of this did this using some type of hydrolic actuater with some clever measurements to ensure that it stops at the right place both on the way up and on the way down.I was surprised at the speed in which the aquarium hood moves. For some reason I thought it would be slower and more ‘clunky’. The only downside from me is that it was louder than I would like but then for the amount of time the hood would be going up or down it would be negligible.

If I could locate anywhere with the designs to make an automated aquarium hood I might be tempted to have a go at making one, it’s not a necessity but more of a gadget – still I would like one!