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Old 11-15-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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No top for this tank?


My son now has his own tank up and running. The tank is approximately 18 x 36 without a center brace. It is one of the $1.00 a gallon sale tanks. The biggest problem is he can not find a glass hinged top for this tank. He has tried ordering a glass top from Petco and is waiting for over a month. Any other glass tops require a center brace, and this was made without one. (This tank was given to him from his friend and was an old turtle tank.) Any ideas as to where to find a top for this odd-ball tank?
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Make your own glass top instead!

It's pretty simple and well worth it instead of purchasing one from PetCo/PetSmart
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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Go to a hardware store and have them cut ou some glass. Easy and cheap.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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This looks like a good weekend project! How thick should the glass be for 36 inches across without a center brace? My son tried plexiglass, and yes that sagged, to thin for that length of span.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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plexiglass/acrylic in general tends to work poorly as a top. Unless it is extremely thick (and overly expensive), or braced, it will sag.

I don't think you would need very thick glass, even window pane glass would probably work, unless you are going to have a bit of weight supported directly on top of it, and not the frame/aquarium edges.

Glass is actually really strong - I worked in a library once where the floors were made up of 2-3' squares of ~1" glass, and we were constantly rolling around carts full of books.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
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The glass sold in Lowes/Home Depot is only 3/32" thick. Would that work? It looks like picture frame glass. Very thin.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:49 AM   #7
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You might want to give Ace Hardware a shot... I think they cut glass to specific sizes and I believe they also have a larger selection of thicknesses as well
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