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Old 10-03-2012, 10:37 PM   #151
 
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Dang Jes you would have to ask that..... I *thinking* I had 1/4"??? Not totally sure would have to go to the store and see the sizes again. Will say this there is a price difference between regular Plexiglas and Lexan. I know I had the thinness piece at first and it didn't work. I am nit totally sure what size I used after that!
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As far as Plexiglass and Lexan is concerned. I believe that Lexan is a brand name. I bought 1/4" Polly carbonate (Lexan) to park my show cars on to keep long damp grass from dulling my chrome wheels on a hot day. If I can park each car tire on 1/4" thick Polly then it should withstand an accidental stepping on. And I'm sure it wont warp from heat. Again long hot day, heavy car Still in tact. Any glass shop can specially cut.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:51 PM   #152
 
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Kris... what are you on about over there?! Try again!

On the Plexi... I'm going to hold off for a minute, but I PROMISE you this will be explored further after Christmas. I'm poor, so have to get my shopping done early, lol! As long as the tanks are stable, and the plants not in immediate danger of death, I'll be there when I get there - and MAYBE someone will give me PRESENTS and spare me the cost. I'll figure the thickness out - but thanks for the heads-up on the thin stuff, anyway.

Water Lettuce. . . hmmm. . . *grabs a random aquatic plant encyclopedia off shelf*

According to Peter Hiscock (worst.name.EVER, great book though!) in 2003

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"This common floating species is available both as an aquarium and a pond plant. In the aquarium, the leaves are 1.2 - 1.6 in (3-4cm) long, but in an open environment they may reach up to 6 in (15cm). . ."
in another area of the book, he writes about the differences found in natural forms of plants as opposed to those grown in tanks and specifically mentions Water Lettuce, saying:

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"Water Lettuce . . . will grow to significantly different sizes depending on its environment. In the aquarium the leaves will grow up to 2 in (5cm) whereas in an open stretch of water, they will grow more than three times bigger"
I've read this same information in several other books that I own, as well as in various places online. Yet the mythological "dwarf" rumor persists. I assumed that it was really all one plant, though I suppose it is very possible that there is some hybrid form or something out there *shrugs* Whatever it is, it's PRETTY, the roots are feathery and gorgeous, the fish love it - and the leaves are small enough not to be troublesome. Hopefully it continues to thrive. I've seen repeatedly that it needs a fair amount of ventilation at the water surface, and I really doubt I have that under the hood. Time will tell!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #153
 
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Haha, sorry, Kris - you beat me to it! GREAT info - thanks for the clarification! I'd say that if it can handle all of that pressure, I should have no issues with that thickness. . . whenever I get there! If I can't find it at Lowe's. . . I would never have thought to look into glass shops and/or auto places. My husband can custom-cut the stuff for me, too - which should save a few pennies. YAY! NOW I'm all excited about this again and don't want to wait!!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #154
 
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Jes I understand saving money but at the same time I look for ways to cut back on my hun-due list!!! It will cost you the same if they cut it or not at Lowes so that could be one less thing you husband has to do. LoL
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #155
 
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According to Peter Hiscock (worst.name.EVER, great book though!) in 2003
you think his parents went for a triple euphemism and gave him the middle name Richard, or Johnson or maybe even Willy?
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you think his parents went for a triple euphemism and gave him the middle name Richard, or Johnson or maybe even Willy?
Okay... this is NOT the Peter Hiscock that we're talking about, but a quick Google search pulled up a totally different person with this name... I can't even believe this poor guy's parents gave him the middle name of "Dixon" I just. . . can't! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!? He seems to be well respected in the archeology field, but one must wonder if he doesn't sell Viagra on the side. . .

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Jes I understand saving money but at the same time I look for ways to cut back on my hun-due list!!! It will cost you the same if they cut it or not at Lowes so that could be one less thing you husband has to do. LoL
You men are always sticking together, I swear. Noted.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:28 AM   #157
 
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Well we gotta make the list shorter some how!! You women ALWAYS have something to add to it. Just saying LoL
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #158
 
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LOL! I'm a stay at home mom, so I spoil my guy. He mows the lawn, takes the trash to the curb, deals with the car, and fixes random stuff when it breaks - everything else falls under my domain - he's totally spoiled! Anyway. . . I can see him wanting to do crazy stuff like putting holes in the exact right spot for everything, and it'd probably end up taking a month for him to complete his masterpiece ! So on that note? As long as it's free, I'm down!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:18 AM   #159
 
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LoL they didn't charge me for it but just on the off chance you might wanna ask before hand. My wife is in the same shoes you are. I really don't have much on my hunny-due list. I pretty much deal with the same stuff you listed for your husband.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:51 AM   #160
 
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Sounds like you need more to do, not less. . . got any Plexi laying around? I've got a job for you. . . ;)
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