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This is just my two cents and take it with a grain of salt, since I have only built two vivariums myself.

Firstly though, acrylic will warp in humid situations, so whether you decide to do a canopy or not, you do need to use glass. You can go to Lowe's and get them to cut the glass to the exact size you want. You will want to seal off the vivarium almost completely (most people leave a few small screened vents though) so I think your idea to build a frame and wrap it in screen won't work.

In my opinion, if you haven't built a viv before (assuming you haven't) then it's best for most people to keep it simple. This way it can be kind of a "practice" viv, and you can gain experience of what works well/what doesn't work, and what you want to do differently next time. So I would maybe save the canopy idea for another time, but that's just my opinion. It sounds like it could be a neat idea though.

If you really want to add height to your tank still though, here's a really recent thread where the poster made a tank taller by getting new panels of glass cut to the right size, and then siliconing them together.
http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/78785-drsalsas-column-tank.html
 

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Thanks! Checking that thread now. It probably would be a better idea to just go with the basic flat-topped screen top for the meantime, until I get extra funds together to get all the glass panels I'd need. How much would that be anyway...? I guess I'll ask the guys at Lowes how much 6 12x10 glass panels would cost when I go in for the eggcrate and foam. Though I did like the prospect of being able to build the background upwards and having plants growing above the level of the tank. Well, you never know... it doesn't have to be enclosed until I have something living in there, and there won't be anything living in there until April, or even months later... plenty of time to put a canopy together...
It cost me about $20 for a 36"x18" piece of glass, and they also gave me the glass that was leftover after cutting it to size. The general consensus here is that you need a full (or at least mostly) glass top to keep the humidity high enough. Since it's a hex tank though, you might have trouble getting one piece of glass for the top, and I wonder if you might have to go to a glass shop for that. I'm not sure.

That's true. The first vivarium I made, I never put frogs in, and so several months later I'm still using just saran wrap to cover the top! :)

Oh one thing you may want to try is putting an add up on craigslist asking for free egg crate. I did that, figuring someone might have some leftover from a project or some they were going to throw out, and what do you know, someone did! It's worth a try at least.
 
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