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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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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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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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