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Glass tops not really fitting
Old 03-11-2012, 02:54 PM   #21
 
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That would work, but I would have to find someone to do it. What would you recommand? like plexiglass?
Anything that is washable, and won't sag on you. Plexiglass would definitely work. I used Lexan I think it is called but again, connections so I got it for free. :3

If you can find something like a Plexiglass or some Acrylic Sheeting it would possibly be much cheaper. Sometimes some places will cut it for you, so just ask. You might have to create a mock up or something so that it fits around any fixtures that might be at the top (such as overhanging filters, cords coming out, etc).
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:34 PM   #22
 
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Anything that is washable, and won't sag on you. Plexiglass would definitely work. I used Lexan I think it is called but again, connections so I got it for free. :3

If you can find something like a Plexiglass or some Acrylic Sheeting it would possibly be much cheaper. Sometimes some places will cut it for you, so just ask. You might have to create a mock up or something so that it fits around any fixtures that might be at the top (such as overhanging filters, cords coming out, etc).
Ok, Thanks. Could I just bring my old plastic tops for reference, for them to cut?
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #23
 
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Ok, Thanks. Could I just bring my old plastic tops for reference, for them to cut?
So long as it fits, yeah.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:19 PM   #24
 
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So long as it fits, yeah.
Ok, thank you very much!
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:34 PM   #25
 
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Ok, thank you very much!
You're welcome. Be sure to let us know how it goes either way.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:51 PM   #26
 
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Ok, I will.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:10 PM   #27
 
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Jayy if you get Plexiglass cut to make a top out of I would get Lexan as mentioned also don't go for the thin stuff. It really needs to be thicker or it will bow in the middle. I know because I had to do the same thing with my old 55 gallon tank. I used 3/4" think plexiglass. Now that I think about it again I didn't use Lexan cause of the cost but it would be better. Anyways just stay way from anything to thin and you will be fine.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:19 PM   #28
 
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^^ That was very helpful!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:30 PM   #29
 
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Keep in mind the plastic will not be as easy to clean as glass, you can easily scratch the plexi also If your light sits to close to the plexi it will discolor it or give it a hazy appearance. glass will give you the best look and clarity over time. If you do go for glass make sure you order the top set for a 55 gallon it is a different size to account for the middle brace,
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:40 PM   #30
 
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Keep in mind the plastic will not be as easy to clean as glass, you can easily scratch the plexi also If your light sits to close to the plexi it will discolor it or give it a hazy appearance. glass will give you the best look and clarity over time. If you do go for glass make sure you order the top set for a 55 gallon it is a different size to account for the middle brace,
I've all tried glass tops and I really don't want to waste money on more, and them and have them not fit. I think I can deal with the plexiglass better.
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