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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to this forum, and although i haven't managed to read more posts, still, i can say this forum is great and really very useful

I saw that very many people make they're hoods of wood...


But has anybody tried to make it of some sort of plastic ? Like plexiglass or some other sort of plastic... ? If someone has done something like that...share your ideas please

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 04:40 PM
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People make hoods (more lights) out of plastic eavestroughs. Just turn them upside down and put put the bulbs in them. Maybe add some reflective mylar to the inside.

I can't seem to find a link at the moment..
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and for those of you in the U.S....and eavestrough is a rain gutter...you can get them in vinyl for ease of use.

the problem with plex-glass is that it's soft... try using it as a clear canopy on the top of the tank, and within a month you'll visible see that it's bowed already. Even thick plexi will do this. You can try lucite...but that's expensive as all get out... $50 to make a clear top for a 20gallon long

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and for those of you in the U.S....and eavestrough is a rain gutter...you can get them in vinyl for ease of use.
Those of us from the US know that it's two words, not one.
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I'm not sure if you mean a full hood covering the entire top or just a lamp housing.
I made a lamp housing with black plastic. If you search under my username for an ODNO thread I posted some pictures.

I found some quarter inch thick sheeting at a surplus store. New material was unreasonably expensive and if I didn't get the surplus plastic, it would have been wooden.

The plastic appears to be some sort of PVC. I wasn't sure initially and didn't know what kind of adhesive to use. I therefore used black machine screws and tapped each hole. It also makes access to the inside easier. I think self tapping screws would have worked OK also.
The material I used cut nicely on a table saw. I would think plexiglas would be too brittle. ABS might be a good choice.

I thought the matte finish of the plastic I found was attractive and of course it's waterproof. Properly finished wood likely would have worked well too.
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I guess I will never get on that Celebrity Spelling Bee show. :shock:
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no...those of us in the U.S. don't care because we call them rain gutters :P

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rain gutter? would that go above the light? how do u go about making a light fixture thing for your tank? so many questions, so much confusion, so little money!!

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