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Tank Cover Help

I need a new cover for a 10 gallon. I prefer to cover my tanks because it's very dry here so I get too much evaporation. I like to be able to set lights on the lid, but I could also probably suspend them if that won't work. No hinge or fancy cutouts needed - I just want a solid clear sheet of something to set on top.

I'm tired of using purchased glass hoods because a) I have extremely hard water which eats away at the plastic bits as well as the glass and b) the opaque plastic hinge down the center limits the shapes of light fixtures I can use.

I was going to buy acrylic sheets and make a cover from that, but I've been reading that acrylic warps. I don't have the means to cut glass. I've actually resorted to sealing some tanks with plastic wrap, but that was for temporary/plants-only setups. Any ideas what I could use to make a lid?


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Acrylic sheet do warp.

You can remove the plastic hinge on the glass covers. You don't need it.
You can also get pieces of glass from the hardware or glass store.

You can hinge the pieces yourself with silicone.
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That silicone hinge is brilliant! Maybe I'll disassemble my glass covers and silicone them together. Thanks for the idea.
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There's a recent thread (past week or two) on here about sliding glass covers that's pretty slick. No need for a hinge at all.

Personally, I just cut my own (I cut some last night, in fact). All you need is a sheet of glass (cheap at Lowe's or Home Depot) a $5 glass cutter, and a ruler. It's scary the first couple of times but it's pretty straightforward after that. Lots of YouTube videos if you want hand-holding, but it's really really straightforward and requires no fancy DIY skills. Oh, you need a piece of sandpaper or emery cloth to sand down the sharp edges after cutting. That's it, really.

Edit: Found it! Ok, old thread but recently bumped.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=42194


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I use polycarbonate (lexan) for my tops. They don't warp and you can cut them with a fine toothed saw.

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I was going to suggest the sliding tops, but kman beat me to it.


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For a ten I'd just get a piece of glass cut to fit minus an inch or two for back access. Dump food or ferts or whatever in the back. Gel superglue works great to attach the handle.
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I have two 10g tanks. On the first I had a picture frame around that was scrounged
and was not exactly factory made which I scrounged for the glass...so...I cut it 2"
short of the length of the tank. On one end my heater line and air line go in.
The other end I can fiddle somewhat, just very little, in there/w tweezers etc.
On the second one I got two pieces cut which total 3" less than the full length.
The spaces are used mostly the same. I got this glass in 1/8" and two pieces because while washing the first it does make me a bit nervous for breaking it as it's thinner glass.
I use the Walmart "Lights-of-America" under-the-counter light fixture on one of them and it just sits on the top of the glass. I remove the translucent cover and use foil to cover it to reflect the light back into the tank.
Honestly I had better light when I had one of those brooder lamps over it/w a 13W CFL bulb in it. But a lot more of the light got out into the room.

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Just buy a glass top there cheap for 10 gallon.
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Thanks for the feedback. For the future I'll definitely keep in mind the glass sliding lid idea. For now I'm going to silicone together pieces from existing covers in a normal hinged manner. I'll try to remember to post a photo if I accomplish anything.


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I use polycarbonate (lexan) for my tops. They don't warp and you can cut them with a fine toothed saw.
Neonmkr- I was thinking of using this. It blocks uv rays. Do the plants need uv?
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