Tinkerframe ZM18 – Replacement lid Upgrade for Zoo Med 18×18 and 36×18 terrariums


ZM18 – These are 3D printed lids that fit the Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrariums with front opening doors – Models NT-3, NT-4, NT-5, NT-5P, NT-6P, NT-32DW, and NT-40DW.

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These are 3D printed replacement lids that we have designed to fit the Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrariums with front opening doors that are 18″x18″x18″, 18″x18″x18″, 18″x18″x24″, 36″x18″x18″, and 36″x18″x12”, as well as the Zoo Med Paludariums that are 18″x18″x36″ and 36″x18″x36″. It will fit Zoo Med models NT-3, NT-4, NT-5, NT-5P, NT-6P, NT-32DW, and NT-40DW.

NOTE: If your tank has double doors (NT-6P, NT-32DW, NT-40DW), you will need 2 lids to do the entire tank as those tanks have 2 lids.

The lid comes as a KIT that you can assemble easily within a few minutes or so but you will need to get your own glass.

These will not fit other brands or other not-named tanks. If you need Exo Terra we sell that as well in our shop. We do not currently do Zilla or other lids but may at some point in the future.

Again, this is a KIT which includes everything needed except the glass and will be assembled by YOU.

The lid comes in 4 main pieces. There is a bar for each side, The front and the back have our fine printed mesh built into the frame. The 4 bars all snap together to make the frame. The glass (not included) is secured in place via plastic pressure tabs. These lids are designed to be a more all-in-one lid than our previous design.

The lid also has a hole in the the front center and back center and in each corner as well. Each hole comes with a flush screw-in cap. The hole can be used with our optional misting nozzle adapters (misting nozzle not included) to have a standard sized misting nozzle pass through perfectly.  You may also optionally purchase a feeder cap from our shop to use the hole as a way to easily pass food or water into your tank.  Or you can just keep them capped. You can also optionally purchase solid inserts that can block the airflow through the mesh from the underside for those who need high humidity.

The terrarium is not included.

The lid DOES NOT come with the necessary glass center. Because of the cost and logistics involved with shipping glass, we are not offering that currently, so you will need to purchase your own glass and get it cut to fit. Lowes will typically do this for free. When handling freshly cut glass please be careful as the edges can be quite sharp. Sanding the edges with a fine grit sandpaper is advised for safety. The opening for the glass is 14″ x 16″. You will need to get glass cut to fit. There is a 5mm lip so we suggest you cut the glass 1/16″ smaller than the opening since it can be a tiny bit too small but not too big. We suggest glass be cut 13 15/16″ by 15 15/16″. The glass is held in place with the included plastic tabs via pressure.

A variety of glass thickness can be accommodated. Standard 3/32″ regular glass works fine. You can also use 1/8″ glass or tempered glass if desired. Most just use standard 3/32″ glass from the hardware store.

Our mesh vents are printed plastic and are safe for tarantulas and fine enough that fruit flies can’t get through.

If you need something customized for your lid, you can contact us. We MAY be able to accommodate your request, possibly even for free if it isn’t something that will take me long. Possibly for a fee if it will take a little time.

Our lids do not come with cord cutouts on the back bars, but with the included holes, you could probably pass cords through them.

Each vent section comes with a fine mesh built in which is a 3D printed plastic so they it won’t rust and won’t catch any critter toes and won’t allow fruit flies to escape.  If you need to maintain high humidity and would like solid screens (which allow no airflow) you can purchase the solid vent insert kit.  If you want to install misting nozzles you can purchase our misting nozzle adapters.  Additional adapters and feeder caps are also available separately.

Each lid comes as a kit which you will need to assemble.  The pieces snap together and come with instructions.  There is also an assembly video you can view if needed.

We’ve found that there is sometimes an excess of silicone in the back corners of the tanks that may need to be scraped off as it can prevent the lid from sliding all the way back. So if your lid doesn’t seem to be fitting, be sure to check for that issue.

Additional information

Weight 241 g
Dimensions 17 × 3 × 2 in
Feeder Cap

No, Yes

Solid inserts

No, Yes

Misting Nozzle Adapters

None, Pack of 2