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DIY Glass Top Questions

I broke my glass top today and want to replace it with a DIY glass top. Will a 3/32 glass slab from home depot work? I don't know if that's thick enough or if I need to worry about heat. I have 3 T8's that I will put directly on top of it.

If anyone has used this please let me know how it worked...or any concerns I should have. Thanks

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I cut my own tops for all my growout tanks. I would be more worried about thickness to be able to reuse the hinge from the original top. If you have any piece of the original glass, I'd measure that and try to match it.
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if it were 1/4 inch I would have no worries..hey that is what I have ..LOL

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Is it tempered glass?

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thickness should only be considered when dealing with bigger fish, a thin one like what you mentioned is fine if you don't mind not having a hinge, imo you dont need it, if you keep bigger fish it helps to have heavy glass =]


glass at 3/32s will withstand the heat let off by t5ho that are right on the glass so unless you're dealing with really high heat go ahead with it, if you plan on re using hinges go with the same size glass


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Thanks for the info!!!

No more hinge for me, just one solid piece. That hinge blocked some of the light from my T8's.

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