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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-08-2008, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Glass Top

Well I ran over to Homedepot today and tried to look for a mesh/fence type cover. There was a window screen frame which would have been PERFECT for a 10g, but I wanted something that looked clean for a 2.5g bowfront.

I ended up spotting out some replacement glass, they were insanely cheap.. 2-3 bucks a sheet. Picked out the 8x10 as my tank is around 7.5x10.5.

I bought 2 sheets and a glass cutter.

I came home and did some research: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0_YksUiHPc

And went on to cutting the glass. I also cut a small hole for my nano hang over filter.


total price = 6 bucks + 2 dollars for a second piece of glass just incase

I feel better about my Betta jumping, the tank looks very clean with the glass cover, and my light can be as close to the tank without risking water damage!
Pics to come early next week after I do a rescape! Just waiting on my package!
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So here's a pic of the tools and the glass



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Good job on the tank! I also make my own glass tops. Economic freindly. Plus I can custom make my own tops. For example, on my Pacu tank I use blue glass from a glass store; since Pacus like diffused/dark lighting.

You just have to be carefull with the sharp edges. I have learned to take a dremmel and round out the edges. You have to have it on low rpm's otherwise you will run into problems. That way you don't run through too many band aids
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Good job on the tank! I also make my own glass tops. Economic freindly. Plus I can custom make my own tops. For example, on my Pacu tank I use blue glass from a glass store; since Pacus like diffused/dark lighting.

You just have to be carefull with the sharp edges. I have learned to take a dremmel and round out the edges. You have to have it on low rpm's otherwise you will run into problems. That way you don't run through too many band aids

I totally agree on the sharp edges. I actually sanded them down with sand paper. Took me a bit longer than using my dremel. I was paranoid about using a dremel! You must have very good hands haha.
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I totally agree on the sharp edges. I actually sanded them down with sand paper. Took me a bit longer than using my dremel. I was paranoid about using a dremel! You must have very good hands haha.
Well, I am a woman... I have a tendancy to be gentle. The trick with the dremmel is low speed and touch it ever so slightly.

How thick was the peice you bought? If it was less than 1/8" thick.. dremmel definately would NOT have worked.
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Another way to break the sharpness of the edge of a piece of glass is to use an ordinary file to file off the sharp corner of the glass. The file needs to be fine enough that the teeth don't catch on the edge you are filing. As always, use gloves when handling sharp pieces of glass, it can always break while you are working.
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