A.K.A. Fish Room Bum
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Davis, CA Fish out of water.
+1 For Lexan. It is not bending at all for me and I have some 96 diodes atop the LEXAN, 82 which are white and the other 14 are RGB diodes, approximately 7960 lumens, the LEXAN has zero problems with any heat and the light actually penetrates better through LEXAN than glass. So... you're going to get feedback from people that like both, and there's nothing wrong with either, it's whatever you like. Personally I don't like having a lid but I don't have enough control over what's floating around in the air in my fish room, so I need to use lids. I wish I didn't though. Lids are annoying but a necessity in many locations, especially when you have a family and or other pets.
For handles, I just grabbed some little platic pictures hooks, well not little, but I am able to get my finger on it and slide the LEXAN with my finger using these as a handle. Just pickup a small toothpaste size of clear silicon to attach to the LEXAN. I use a Sabre saw to cut mine and I also have a grinding wheel on my work bend and a dremel workstation. You'll need something software to set the LEXAN on as it easily scratches. Just be careful, safe and take your time, so you don't scuff up the LEXAN.
One thing I will say is, I have not checked the price on glass but having to cut it so that it wraps around anything that is in the tank that needs protrudes out and above the surface, that's where glass in my opinion is difficult to work with. With LEXAN, and a Sabre (some people call it a Jigsaw) saw, you can customize whatever you want for cheap.
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