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Pic's of DIY sliding glass top

Here's the end result of the sliding glass top project. I used the previously mentioned tileboard outside corner moulding from Lowe's, replacement All-Glass Aquarium lid handles and 3/16" plate glass, cut and edge polished by the local glass company. Needless to say I'm quite happy with the outcome. The top slides like it's on rails. It's one of those small things that makes a big difference in the everday use of the tank. Thanks to everybody for the info!





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What an awesome idea
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How much did it cost altogether? You could have probably saved a few dollars by skipping the AGA handles and sticking on some self-adhesive coat hooks, or something of that sort.

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How much did it cost altogether? You could have probably saved a few dollars by skipping the AGA handles and sticking on some self-adhesive coat hooks, or something of that sort.

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The outside corner moulding was around $2.00, the glass and cost of cutting/polishing the edges was about $15.00. The handles were free when I bartered some cuttings at a LFS.

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i'm just curious why you went with 3/16 glass for a lid? You could probably have saved quite a bit of money and used 1/8. I use 1/8 and never had them brake on me. Looks real nice. you did a great job.

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i'm just curious why you went with 3/16 glass for a lid? You could probably have saved quite a bit of money and used 1/4 and even 1/8. I use 1/8 and never had them brake on me. Looks real nice. you did a great job.
1/4" is too thick to fit into the channel on the corner moulding and none of the glass companies I went to would make a 36" piece in 1/8" due to strength issues. Lowe's would have done it, but didn't have big enough 1/8" glass. Besides, 3/16" is what came on every 36" or wider tank I ever had.

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The DIY is definitely better than the one you had. I've been thinking about not going topless in the winter to cut down on my water loss. This would work with my light setup.

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Great job and good idea..

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Wow, sounds like a lot for the glass!
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hmmm could i use the glass that comes with the all-glass versa-top ? or will the gap in the middle where the plastic thing goes become an issue ?

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You realize that taking the black plastic center strip off AGA glass tops is the same, just lift and slide, lift and slide.

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You realize that taking the black plastic center strip off AGA glass tops is the same, just lift and slide, lift and slide.

It's close, but not the same. There's a decent sized gap if you use the stock glass. Mine overlaps by at least 1/4". Believe it or not, it really helps to keep evaporation down.

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I don't like 1/8" glass. I broke a piece of it just yesterday when I was scrubbing mineral deposits off of it. I ought to stop by the glass shop today and see if they have any 3/16" scrap they'd give me.
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If you're comfortable with it, could you give me an idea of how much the glass and cutting cost you?

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Look back 11 posts in the thread. . Just kidding. The glass cost me $15.00 for the cutting & edge polishing.

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