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Old 04-02-2012, 11:46 PM   #1
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Alternative to egg crate?

When I redo one of my tanks I want to put something down to help protect the glass if a rock falls or shifts. I've been trying to find egg crate (light diffuser) but I give up. Been ringing and visiting lighting and hardware stores and they all don't have it.
I was thinking styrofoam but would it break down or release chemicals? I know it's used in false rock backgrounds but it's sealed. This won't be.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
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When I redo one of my tanks I want to put something down to help protect the glass if a rock falls or shifts. I've been trying to find egg crate (light diffuser) but I give up. Been ringing and visiting lighting and hardware stores and they all don't have it.
I was thinking styrofoam but would it break down or release chemicals? I know it's used in false rock backgrounds but it's sealed. This won't be.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
I'm just thinking out loud here, what about like a piece of rubber similar to a yoga mat?

Edit-I don't think I quite understand what egg crate is, I'm sorry lol
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You could line the bottom with slate tiles.
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Thanks guys! Slate tiles sound like the way to go. Ive got a hardware store up the road and around the corner that should stock them.
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Thanks guys! Slate tiles sound like the way to go. Ive got a hardware store up the road and around the corner that should stock them.
Yeah lol. Sorry about my suggestion. I now understand what this is. LOL
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I'm just thinking out loud here, what about like a piece of rubber similar to a yoga mat?

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It's used in floro lighting fixtures to diffuse the light.

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Yeah lol. Sorry about my suggestion. I now understand what this is. LOL
It was a good suggestion!
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It's used in floro lighting fixtures to diffuse the light.
Does this go under the substrate? Common sense would tell me yes?

Pardon my stupidity it's Monday

Sorry to kinda jack your thread too
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Does this go under the substrate?

Pardon my stupidity it's Monday

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All good. it goes glass bottom, then egg crate or whatever, then stones/rocks then substrate to cover the bottom. If a rock falls it hits the egg crate not the glass bottom and the force is more evenly distributed. It protects the glass.
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All good. it goes glass bottom, then egg crate or whatever, then stones/rocks then substrate to cover the bottom. If a rock falls it hits the egg crate not the glass bottom and the force is more evenly distributed. It protects the glass.
Oh aha! Thanks for clearing that up
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I'm surprised they don't have a light diffuser there Mumma, but i've never been there so I don't know what kind of lighting they have in their buildings. It is/was a commonplace thing in govt buildings like schools and whatnot.
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