Starting to plan for a possible outdoor system. Wanted to ask the community for any design ideas for a tank cover.
I will likely be using a 300 gal round tank half buried in the ground. This will be in full sun, out in the open, and exposed to all the elements - wind, rain, snow, very hot weather.
I was thinking of building with cedar boards - the kind used as slats for fencing. Should i be concerned about any chemical issues when it rains and the water drips off the cedar into the fish tank? should i work shade cloth and wire fencing into it? Curious to know what others have done.
I've done different types of covers. Cattle panels with netting or shade cloth work pretty easily but are not as elegant for a round tank.
My tower system is a round tank. I attached some wood across the middle that supports the feeder and bug zapper and on one side I have a cattle panel/netting cover that is easy to lift to check on the fish. The other half has 2x4 wood pieces cut to kinda follow the curve and the netting extends over the wood and is attached to the wood pieces so they won't easily go sliding off the tank but I can still roll them up with the netting to access that side of the tank when I need to. It is also a handy place to set things down.
Over my backyard tank I did something a bit different, I built a roof further up over the tank and attached netting up the sides and a shade curtain on the south side to keep most of the direct sun out of the tank but still have light and air in while also blocking most leaves and debris from getting to the water and keeping the fish from jumping out.
Here are the pictures
As long as you leave a little gap somewhere to let enough light for the fish to tell night from day, that should be plenty of light unless you are dealing with trying to breed the fish. And in an IBC, unless you have blacked out the sides completely, there will be light getting into the tank. My blue plastic tank gets quite a lot of light in through the sides. The black stock tanks are the only ones I've dealt with that are easy to black out too much.