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I purchased a glass tank cover for a 40 gallon breeder tank (dimension 36"X18"). When the item arrived, it came in two pieces. I did not know that I ordered one for a tank with a center brace. What should I do if I don't want to return this item to avoid the hassle of shipping?

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The glass canopies generally are two panes of narrow glass with a plastic hinge attaching the two. Did you see that in the box, along with a plastic grab handle with double sided tape? this would be a typical aqueon style lid.

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1. Buy a 40B with a center brace if you want to use that glass canopy. I hate center braces!!
2. Add three removable glass braces to the existing trim to support the glass canopy you bought. One on each end and one in the middle.
3. Sell it to someone who needs that particular style
4. See if the glass will fit on the trim so the lid opens widthwise rather than lengthwise. This method won't work if you light fixture rests on the aquarium trim or you have a wood canopy but will work if your light is suspended.

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The glass canopies generally are two panes of narrow glass with a plastic hinge attaching the two. Did you see that in the box, along with a plastic grab handle with double sided tape? this would be a typical aqueon style lid.
It's a Marineland brand and all the parts are present. Thanks.

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1. Buy a 40B with a center brace if you want to use that glass canopy. I hate center braces!!
2. Add three removable glass braces to the existing trim to support the glass canopy you bought. One on each end and one in the middle.
3. Sell it to someone who needs that particular style
4. See if the glass will fit on the trim so the lid opens widthwise rather than lengthwise. This method won't work if you light fixture rests on the aquarium trim or you have a wood canopy but will work if your light is suspended.
I like the number 2 alternative. I called Lowe's and they sell and cut glass (picture frame grade glass). Could you recommend a dimension for each of the 3 pieces (one on each end and one in the middle)? Thank you.


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I would definitely use 1/8" thick glass, I don't know the thickness of 'picture frame' grade glass. I prefer to use a local glass company to cut my glass because they will finish or seam the edges so they aren't sharp. If that is not an option and the 'picture frame' glass is thinner than 1/8", you can laminate two thickness of the thinner glass by bonding them together with silicone.

I would use a 1" wide piece on either short end of the tank since it will be supported on three sides.

On the middle brace, I would try a 2" wide piece first as it should be able to support the glass canopy. Be sure to check how wide you will actually need the brace by dry fitting the glass canopy you have. You will want the brace wide enough so the lids have enough support.

You will need to measure the front to back dimension of the tank to get the proper length for the braces.

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