Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 3: covers done!

Yes! The big tank now has its cat proof covers!

The second one was much faster to build than the first. πŸ˜€

For those who are new to this blog *waves hello* you can catch up on the project with part one and part two. Links will open in new tabs, so you don’t lose your place here. πŸ™‚

Once the second cover was done, I unpacked the light fixture, which has been sitting in its box next to the tank since the move, and tested it out. Considering what a disaster the movers were, I would not have been surprised to find the bulbs shattered or something.

It worked just fine! πŸ™‚

Of course, as soon the covers were on, cats were on it! So far, they have not tried to climb on the light fixture, but there is no doubt that they will, at some point. Hopefully, it will hold up okay.

I was concerned that the frame would create shadows in the tank, but that does not seem to be an issue at all!

Now I have to figure out how to set the time and program it to turn on and off. It’s been years since it was last done! There is time to look that up, though.

We still need to cover the sharp edges of the wire mesh, and I still want to put felt pads in the corners to protect the tank a bit, but other than that, the covers are done.

We still have the original light that came with the tank, which rested right on top of the original covers. The tanks will only hold so many seed trays. With things like the onion seeds needing to be started so much earlier than anything else, I can see us rotating trays out from the tanks and into the sun room (which should be warm enough, by the time the next groups of seeds need to be started), and using the second light there.

Now I need to figure out where to store my baskets, then line the inside of the tank with foil to reflect more light. Since this room is rather chilly, I plan to use pieces of rigid insulation on the bottom and around the sides, too. We will likely cover the insulation with foil on one side to make it easier to take it in and out, but I will see how the seed trays fit inside, first. If the insulation takes up too much space, I’ll put them on the outside of the tank.

Progress has been made! πŸ™‚

I am so looking forward to gardening this year! πŸ™‚

The Re-Farmer

One thought on “Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 3: covers done!

  1. Pingback: Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 4: padded | The Re-Farmer

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