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Acrylic cover & floating plant enclosure

Hi there, I have two random questions; one of them is stupid.

1) Has anyone thought of making enclosures to keep floating plants in (or out)? Chains of little discs of cork or something. Ideas would be great, I need to balance my tank between floaters and light-demanding submersed plants.

2) Where can I find plexiglass to use as a cover? I need only something like 24x6, so it would have to be a place that custom-cuts the stuff for me.


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people use airline tuning to make floating rings to hold floating plants in so they don't go all over the tank. The clear is almost invisable.
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Ypu can by plexi glass at homedepot. They have a lot of sizes to choice from and it is easy to cut.
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people use airline tuning to make floating rings to hold floating plants in so they don't go all over the tank. The clear is almost invisable.
A simple yet perfect solution. Makes me wish I had thought about it myself.

Thanks a lot for your replies. I appreciate it.


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Ypu can by plexi glass at homedepot. They have a lot of sizes to choice from and it is easy to cut.
What do you cut it with? Tin shears? I'd be afraid of the acrylic being too brittle and splintering.
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Shears would definitely crack it. You want to either use a saw or a razor blade. To use the razor blade just run it over the line you want to cut a bunch of times until you have a decent groove. Once you have the groove you can usually just bend the acrylic and it will snap right where you scored it.
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I used a strip of plexi with a hole in the top right corner of each. Then I threaded a paper clip through the hole, and clipped it to the rim of my tank

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