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Old 10-15-2012, 03:39 PM   #11
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I used 1/8" on mine...
Is that sufficient? I keep hearing that 1/4in is the way to go
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:41 PM   #12
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Mine does ok. It does flex a bit. I have it on a 20L though. I think you said your sump is a 40b? Might want to go with 1/4 on it.
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Mine does ok. It does flex a bit. I have it on a 20L though. I think you said your sump is a 40b? Might want to go with 1/4 on it.
Ya it's a 40b. Glass shops charge an arm and a leg guess I have to shop around more
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I used 1/8" glass on mine. They have different thicknesses on the plexiglas at Lowes.
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Yea mine us just a 10g and not gonna have a very high gph.
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I used 1/8" glass on mine. They have different thicknesses on the plexiglas at Lowes.
I read not to use plexiglass don't remember why, just that glass was best especially for glass to glass
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Acrylic (plexiglass) works just fine. The problem is some caulk will not bond to the acrylic panels. However, I used 100% silicon caulk and it worked just fine - I just sanded the edges of the acrylic a bit to provide more of a bonding surface. Mine has been running for about 8 months with a glass tank and 1/8" acrylic panels for the baffles and bubble trap, and there is no sign of the joints failing or moving. I check it all the time to make sure it is secure.
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Yep that's right. Either is fine. Acrylic is alot stronger and glass is cheaper. Your choice both is fine.
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Acrylic (plexiglass) works just fine. The problem is some caulk will not bond to the acrylic panels. However, I used 100% silicon caulk and it worked just fine - I just sanded the edges of the acrylic a bit to provide more of a bonding surface. Mine has been running for about 8 months with a glass tank and 1/8" acrylic panels for the baffles and bubble trap, and there is no sign of the joints failing or moving. I check it all the time to make sure it is secure.
I'm thinking that's the way to go then. I'm pretty sure my lowes has thick plexiglass so ill be getting that. Thank you guys a lot my original plan is now back on track!
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I Just finished up my refugium a few days ago. Went to lowes, bought a 20 sheet of acrylic, had them make the cuts. All said and done, i spent $20 on acrylic
$5 on tube of GE silicone 1
$4 on caulking gun ( misplaced mine)
The single sheet of acrylic got me 2 9x12 baffles and 2 12x6 baffles.. This all went into a 55g (which i paid $55 for) so all said and done i spent $84 and ended with the same result that companies are charging hundreds of dollars for. I also scored a glass-holes sock-it kit for $20,

But def use acrylic, the strength isnt really what is important. Its flexibility thats key. Acrylic will bend and flex a lil to adjust, glass just cracks
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