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Glass Thickness For DIY Cover

So I'm makinh a DIY slide glass cover like here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdf4uYuJMcY

I have a 10 gallon (20x10x12) tank.

The only thing available at Lowes/Home Depot for glass is .125" in which is 1/8" thick. Would this be safe to rest 2 CFL lights with dome reflectors on? Or do you think it would be too heavy for the glass?
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I made a bunch of those using a similar method. I noticed in the vid you linked that the poster claimed to use 3/8" glass. I doubt thats the case if he got them to work with the white outside corner molding "tracks". I had to use 1/8" glass for mine as anything else was WAY too big to fit in that "track". 1/8" glass however is pretty thin and therefore very very fragile. Here's my vid on the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh1bvmpUdlg I also learned from my mistakes and realized I should have asked the glass shop to "seam the edges" which essentially takes that razor sharp glass edge and makes it less lethal. I've since found another style of that white tile trim that acts as a nice clean edge for the front of the glass. I'd skip lowes and depot and go right to a legit glass shop.

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I made a bunch of those using a similar method. I noticed in the vid you linked that the poster claimed to use 3/8" glass. I doubt thats the case if he got them to work with the white outside corner molding "tracks". I had to use 1/8" glass for mine as anything else was WAY too big to fit in that "track". 1/8" glass however is pretty thin and therefore very very fragile. Here's my vid on the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh1bvmpUdlg I also learned from my mistakes and realized I should have asked the glass shop to "seam the edges" which essentially takes that razor sharp glass edge and makes it less lethal. I've since found another style of that white tile trim that acts as a nice clean edge for the front of the glass. I'd skip lowes and depot and go right to a legit glass shop.
So do you think 2 CFL bulbs in a dome reflector is too heavy to rest on that glass? I was gonna have the pieces overlap by about 2 inches. Also how did you mount the molding to the tank? Super glue or tape?
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Lay the anything heavy against the frame of the tank. 3/32" is too thin.


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So do you think 2 CFL bulbs in a dome reflector is too heavy to rest on that glass? I was gonna have the pieces overlap by about 2 inches. Also how did you mount the molding to the tank? Super glue or tape?

I wouldn't rely on the glass to hold anything no matter how light they are. And nothing needed to mount the molding. It just sits in the recess on the tank.

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I made these lids on my 75g and rest cups, food, plants, etc on them. I used the 1/8th inch glass from lowes too. I would not trust them to holding my lights all the time because the plastic trim will eventually bow and give in. I think the glass would be fine, personally. Your lights are not very heavy and they have a well distributed weight.

My suggestion is to make a DIY conduit hanger for your lights, $10, and even paint the lights with high temp black paint. It makes it look pretty slick. Then you can use the glass for moisture barrier only.


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It's not too heavy. I did this on a 20 L. I bowed a little though. The problem with that glass it that it is so easy to crack if your not careful. If your careful, it can be done. I cracked mine when removing it to clean the tank.

Bump: It's not too heavy. I did this on a 20 L. I bowed a little though. The problem with that glass it that it is so easy to crack if your not careful. If your careful, it can be done. I cracked mine when removing it to clean the tank.
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