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Making a tank cover...

I need to make a clear tank cover for my tank. I was going to go buy a sheet of lexon type glass from my local homedepot. Does anyone know if this glass is safe to use for an aquarium cover? I dont want to covers it with something they may contain unsafe chemicles or such. Thanks -Derek
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It's fine. In fact some fishtanks are made from the same material. The only thing I can think of to consider is the heat generated from your lights. Could be a fire hazard.


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Laxon has a slight discoloration if I am not mistaken. I could swear I rememeber seeing that stuff yrs ago and it isnt gin clear like regular plexi or glass.

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It's actually 'Lexan' and it is crystal clear.

Here's a link to check out:

Transparents Clear Lexan

I've used the stuff both at work and for several DIY projects. You can't go wrong with it.


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Dont get to thin a piece either, or they will just warp on you from the AHS lights...

3/8" is prolly the min...
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Isn't Lexan expensive? Why not get a piece of glass cut at a hardware store. That is if the risk of breakage isn't elevated.


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plexiglass would be better...Get it at the local HD.
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Isn't Lexan expensive? Why not get a piece of glass cut at a hardware store. That is if the risk of breakage isn't elevated.
I like the glass idea better too. It's cheap and won't scratch or warp on you.
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I like the glass idea better too. It's cheap and won't scratch or warp on you.
will break alot easier though...I kinda like the kid safe way of doin covers...
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If you can find a way to place the Lexan onto the hood instead of the top of the aquarium that would be better.

With an open aquarium you would be able to have the heat dispersed from the water column much better. All you want to do is to protect the lights from water evaporation so if you can protect the lights instead of the water this will be much better.


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I have used all three types of materials over my tanks. Glass is the way to go! The Lexan & Plexi warp, unless you use a min. of 3/8 as stated earlier. Plus, I noticed that the plexi & lexan ended up being more of a "Transluscent" piece than "Crystal clear", after being over a tank. It's up to you what you use, but, I would go with the Glass! I have changed over to glass over All of my tanks... I'm glad I did! YOu can purchase them from pet stores for the exact tank you have (unless you have a custom built tank...) Although, I have found that they are much cheaper on-line...

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