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Glass top doesn't work with new filter pipes

I got new pretty glass lilly filter outtake and glass intake pipes for my cannister filter. For asthetic and accessibility reasons, I have placed these on the short right end of my 55 gallon aquarium. The downside is that my regular glass hinged top isn't very accommodating. I was thinking I might be able to get the glass cut somewhere to give an allowance on the side for the pipes? (I live in Milwaukee, WI)

Is there a easier/quicker/better solution?

I must have lids... we have cats and even though I don't think they would mess with the tank, my boyfriend insists on lids for our tanks.

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You can get the glass cut. Ace, True Value, Home Depot, etc. will often do it. Call and ask.

Frame shops, or craft stores that do framing, will do it too.
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ace might do it for you. home depo doesn't cut glass lowes does but only straight vertical or horizontal cuts. as long as the pipe is going in a corner you can use a cheep glass cutter and do a diagonal cut. cutting peninsula cut in glass(u shape) is a speaclity thing and would need a specialty glass shop to do it. look up glass cutters / shower installers / stained glass as these people have the tools to do it. wont be cheep. Just got done going thought this for my 75g its a 3 sided view tank and wanted spray bar on the short side.
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ace might do it for you. home depo doesn't cut glass lowes does but only straight vertical or horizontal cuts. as long as the pipe is going in a corner you can use a cheep glass cutter and do a diagonal cut. cutting peninsula cut in glass(u shape) is a speaclity thing and would need a specialty glass shop to do it. look up glass cutters / shower installers / stained glass as these people have the tools to do it. wont be cheep. Just got done going thought this for my 75g its a 3 sided view tank and wanted spray bar on the short side.
Thank you, I'm thinking I might not need a U cut if I just cut one half (it's hinged) down by an inch or two.... then reattach plastic piece for stability, thus making a "u" shape using the non cut piece + hinge + opening + full plastic piece in back.

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Places like local hardware stores will be your best bet. This most likely is a versa-top that as you describe and only needs a small portion of the end of one panel shortened. As others have mentioned already, the box stores won't touch this.

Not to create any sense of concern here, but keep in mind that the end of that panel no longer rests on the tank's rim. So that, if it's your cat you're concerned about, the top of the "U" you created will lose some stability and ability to support the kitty's weight. You can create this without cutting the panel to see what I'm envisioning. Just pull the rear panel back in the hinge so that they no longer align, the just put it back in place and test the stability of the end you want to cut down by just pushing down gently. I can't think of an easy fix to this off the top of my head.

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Is this just the regular glass top with rubber hinge in the middle? I just took the rubber off and had my pipes in the middle opening that created and left the glass panels free sitting on the top when I had a tank with a lid.
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Places like local hardware stores will be your best bet. This most likely is a versa-top that as you describe and only needs a small portion of the end of one panel shortened. As others have mentioned already, the box stores won't touch this.

Not to create any sense of concern here, but keep in mind that the end of that panel no longer rests on the tank's rim. So that, if it's your cat you're concerned about, the top of the "U" you created will lose some stability and ability to support the kitty's weight. You can create this without cutting the panel to see what I'm envisioning. Just pull the rear panel back in the hinge so that they no longer align, the just put it back in place and test the stability of the end you want to cut down by just pushing down gently. I can't think of an easy fix to this off the top of my head.
I highly doubt the cats will even try to get on top of the tank. The stand has no lip, and there isn't a table next to it so they'd have to be super motivated and jump from the couch... I don't think they will do that, they are just not that interested.

Thank you for all the suggestions!

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Is this just the regular glass top with rubber hinge in the middle? I just took the rubber off and had my pipes in the middle opening that created and left the glass panels free sitting on the top when I had a tank with a lid.
I don't know if the space will be wide enough. I have both pipes (intake and outtake) on the same end of the tank.

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If you have a power drill, a glass cutting hole saw will do the job. It is around 12$ online.


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If you have a power drill, a glass cutting hole saw will do the job. It is around 12$ online.
If tempered glass was used to make the top it is likely to shatter when drilled.

http://smile.amazon.com/Perfecto-Manufacturing-APF33480-Aquarium-48-Inch/dp/B006OOODAO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1447353200&sr=1-1&keywords=glass+top+for+55+gallon+aquarium have a vinyl strip at the back that can be cut to fit pipes or filters with a coping saw.
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If tempered glass was used to make the top it is likely to shatter when drilled.

Some glass tops have a vinyl strip at the back that can be cut to fit pipes or filters with a coping saw.
Oops Sorry for the wrong info. Make sure that the top is not tempered.


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Is this just the regular glass top with rubber hinge in the middle? I just took the rubber off and had my pipes in the middle opening that created and left the glass panels free sitting on the top when I had a tank with a lid.
Thank you... I did exactly this. Great mostly permanent solution. I might still check out getting something custom cut to have full coverage but for now I am super happy with this solution!
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Thank you... I did exactly this. Great mostly permanent solution. I might still check out getting something custom cut to have full coverage but for now I am super happy with this solution!
Glad it worked out! My custom solution after was a rimless tank 😁

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Glad it worked out! My custom solution after was a rimless tank 😁

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