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04-26-2013 04:34 PM
ChadKruger Any where that does home windows, cuts glass. Aquarium glass is = to window glass. Rule is 1/16" per 2 feet of hight with a base of 1/16"
04-26-2013 12:44 AM
FrogBit Acrylic will wrap eventually if there is moisture. Glass or netting is the way to go for aquarium cover.
04-19-2013 03:02 AM
Diana I have one tank I use a sheet of acrylic (or similar material) as a cover. It warps. This is just a 10 gallon tank, and a very thin sheet of acrylic.
Yup! Looks pretty bad.
On the other hand, if I drip any water on it, it runs right back into the tank!

It does not help to turn the sheet over, either. It just warps again the other way.

I have used much thicker pieces of acrylic for a slightly different use, over an aquarium, and the thicker material does not warp. It may be as much as 1/4" thick.

I have used some over a much smaller tank, and the small sheet was OK. This was just a 1 gallon tank, the cover was maybe 4" x 8", maybe smaller.
04-19-2013 02:27 AM
turdb0 I'm looking at making my own acrylic covers. I don't think they'll bow or warp is you brace them. I've seen my friend glue them together using acrylic cement.
04-17-2013 11:44 PM
Moot I called Ken's Glass on Senter Road in San Jose for a 36" x 16" piece of glass cut for the cover of my 40gb. He quoted me $30 for the cut and sanding. I believe Ken's Glass is on Yelp.
01-29-2013 10:27 PM
l8nite There's a glass-cutting place on Blossom Hill Rd. just past the Monterey Rd. overpass... (Been about 7 years since I lived down that way, so it might not be there still...).
01-29-2013 08:38 PM
dtang21 I went down this path before. Making your own rimless tank is not an easy thing to do. It requires experience. Mr. Aqua makes an affordable solution!
01-25-2013 12:09 AM
pandamonium I called up 2 places in the south bay. When I get back from school, I'm gonna check them out. Glass cutting was about 10-15 dollars.
01-22-2013 05:16 AM
prestonplantedtanks Not sure what you mean by bracing the acrylic if it's just literally a sheet that's used for the cover.

I'd just go with glass regardless.
01-21-2013 07:29 PM
wheatiesl337 I am guessing the acrylic wasn't braced in anyway though?
01-20-2013 02:03 AM
prestonplantedtanks My friend used an acrylic cover for her tank. The heat and humidity bowed the acrylic quite a bit. They accounted for this at tap plastics by giving her a longer piece than necessary, but it looks really ghetto. I'd just go with glass.
01-19-2013 05:18 PM
wheatiesl337 The employees insisted the heat and humidty would, though I have heard others say it's fine if braced. I'm not sure whether I should get glass or acrylic cut yet, and I would be interested in hearing from some other nor-cal people.
01-19-2013 05:04 AM
pandamonium Thanks for the suggestions guys. I like the Tap Plastics one, but if they give me problems with acrylic then I guess I can't do that.

Does the heat from the lighting and the humidity from the tank really cause that much damage to acrylic?
01-19-2013 02:13 AM
prestonplantedtanks Any glass place will do it. Here in Berkeley, I've been to UC Glass or Berkeley Glass, and both do it. Might want to sand it on your own though... I think they charge 10 bucks extra just to sand it, which is almost the price of the cover to begin with.

Best of luck!
01-19-2013 01:02 AM
wheatiesl337 I went to TAP Plastics in Sacramento, and they refused to cut acrylic for me after I told them it was for an aquarium cover. They insisted the heat and humidty from an aquarium would ruin the acrylic. I asked about thickness and bracing it, and still no go.

I, too, am looking to have glass or acrylic cut for a custom cover.
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