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clfavello
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PostPosted: 2005.07.31(Sun)21:18    Post subject: diy glass cover? Reply with quote

I have a 29g tank that currently has an all-glass brand hood that has room for just one strip light. I'd like to increase it to two strips, and then go for a glass cover, but they are fairly expensive here. I was thinking a piece of glass or plexi-glas would work, but how would I connect two pieces so that I could lift the front up? Any ideas on how to make a clear glass/pelxi-glass/whatever cover? thank!
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PostPosted: 2005.08.01(Mon)18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

with plexi glass you could use small hinges to connect the 2 pieces of glass. that would allow you to make the large piece any size you want and also you could cut to pieces to fit around the filters and heaters with out having the 2 inch space in the back of the tank
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PostPosted: 2005.09.07(Wed)15:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just did DIY glass lids for our 125G tank. I went to Big Al's and bought plastic butterfly hinges. Then we went to our local glass place and I had 6 pieces of 5mm glass cut to size. The rest is really simple. You just slide on the plastic butterfly hinges onto the glass. It can be quite tight but it works extremely well no screws involved.I will try to get pics.
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PostPosted: 2005.09.07(Wed)18:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasnt aware of any place top buy the plastic hinges. but that is good to know for buying larger tanks as those tops can become quite pricey.
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PostPosted: 2005.09.07(Wed)21:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used nylon hinges from a model shop (they were for the tail of a remote control plane) & just super glued them to the glass, works great. If you are going to sit the lights on the glass cover get slightly thicker glass say 4 or 5 mm, 3mm wil flex too much
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PostPosted: 2005.09.08(Thu)15:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

violentray,

I thought I would break down the cost so that you can see how inexpensive it was for our 125G.

Plastic hinge $1.99 a foot. We bought 7 feet just incase we screwed up =$14
6 pieces of 5mm glass with nice sanded edges =$40 with taxes included

Total cost = $54 Cdn
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PostPosted: 2005.09.08(Thu)19:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfecto and all glass both sell hinges for glass tops . Get your glass from your local hard ware store, there are two widths available make sure glass is same width as hinges available. I paid @$2 each for mine 3/16" 30" long for my 100 gallon.
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