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That's the one . Easy to cut and modify to any situation or tank . I even use a 3 inch piece for handles .

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Thanks @Freemananana and that is what I tried. However, the glass panels that came with my tank are too think for the moulding so I will either need to buy new glass or come up with something different.

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+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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Thanks @Freemananana and that is what I tried. However, the glass panels that came with my tank are too think for the moulding so I will either need to buy new glass or come up with something different.
When I have glass that is too thick I just notch the bottom part of the channel so it can sit on the stationary lid and cut the length so it fits snug in the tank frame . The movable lid slides on the track just fine . Excuse my bad drawing , but you get the idea.....
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Thanks @Leeatl. The glass sits really tight on the edges so I need to cut the lower piece flush with vertical part. It was too thick to do with a blade and scissors won't cut it. I need to try again with a better tool (maybe wire clips).

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I just score it with a razor knife and it snaps right off .

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Might take a bit of work, but sandpaper is pretty safe and could take just enough off to make it fit nicely.
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What are those tracks called? (Say if I were to go into a hardware store and ask someone to point me in the right direction). Asking for eggcrate at the hardware store they just look at you funny, found that one on my own!
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This is what I get from my local HD....
852 1/2 in. x 3/4 in. x 8 ft. PVC Composite White Outside Corner Moulding-0085208011 - The Home Depot

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I just score it with a razor knife and it snaps right off .
That just made me slap my palm into my forehead. Thanks and I have no clue why I didn't think of that.

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That just made me slap my palm into my forehead. Thanks and I have no clue why I didn't think of that.
U r welcome . If I have to notch it I just push the razor knife down through the part I want to cut then score and snap .

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