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Old 04-14-2013, 01:58 AM   #1
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DIY Sliding Glass Tops


Hey guys, just a heads up for anyone who has never seen this thread:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=42194

I think its many years old now, but its a great idea and I just wanted to bring it back to light. All credit goes to him. It has worked great for a 75g so far, and a lot of subscribers to my youtube channel found it helpful when we posted it. So heres a link to the video we made showing how to assemble this glass top:


Great idea, big ups to diablocanine.

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:16 AM   #2
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I have the exact same setup (though I did not see this video before). Came up with the idea while wandering the aisles of Home Depot
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:06 PM   #3
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I have the exact same setup (though I did not see this video before). Came up with the idea while wandering the aisles of Home Depot
Sweet, I dont have that kind of knack for walking around a hardware store And figuring out what to build lol. But i just made the video show this idea to more people
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Tanks for the post
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You just solved my evaporation problem for my 55!
I have these glass ones that open up rather than sliding and they collide with my light, so I can't really have it open when I'm doing maintenance. Sweet!

"This whole like.. stick thing.." Lol!
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Whoa! This is an excellent idea!!!

I don't understand what the PVC channel is sold for? Is it some kind of window molding? What dept. would I look for that in?
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Whoa! This is an excellent idea!!!

I don't understand what the PVC channel is sold for? Is it some kind of window molding? What dept. would I look for that in?
I found it in the aisle that sells sliding door related materials.
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That PVC channel is used when installing paneling in bathrooms, it comes in a variety of shapes depending on whether you are doing a corner, end or joining two panels together.

My local home improvement stores sell it in various places, sometimes by the ceramic tiles, sometimes by the lumber section and sometimes by the shower enclosures and DIY bath section.
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I really like this idea and want to try it out on a tank to reduce evaporation, but I'm curious about how you are doing cut outs in the back for a canister or hob filter? Could another piece of moulding be used there?
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wow! great idea. wish i saw this before buying my costly hood and light fixture from marineland for my 75g. Maybe I can use this for my other large tanks. thanks for sharing
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I really like this idea and want to try it out on a tank to reduce evaporation, but I'm curious about how you are doing cut outs in the back for a canister or hob filter? Could another piece of moulding be used there?
I use another piece of molding that has a slot to put the glass into.



You can definitely find it at the aquarium store (it is generally called aquarium back trim, or something to that effect).
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Funny I was just thinking about this the other day. Great job guys! I also have the folding glass tops and plan do do this to it when that plastic hinge wears but I am sure it will be a couple of years. Also, keep safety in mind when working with freshly cut glass as the video clearly shows it is razor sharp. Its a good idea to use leather gloves and smooth the edges with some sandpaper. Nice job finding that molding/channel!
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