Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-23-2010, 07:28 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Kelso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 382
Question about tank cover

I just installed an acrylic tank cover, to replace my glass one. I needed to custom cut it to fit my sump return and overflow. Is there anything I should worry about?
__________________

__________________
Kelso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
Aquarium Free - 2+ Years
 
mfdrookie516's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winchester, Ky
Posts: 19,410
if it completely encloses the top, you'll have to worry about poor gas exchange at the surface which could affect your ph. if you have plenty of open space on the back, you wont have to worry that much about it.
__________________

__________________
-Jonathan

"What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a 'modem', can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo." - Dave Barry
mfdrookie516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 07:45 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Kelso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 382
Should I worry about it getting too hot and warping?
__________________
Kelso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 08:01 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
CA_BroncoFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Sacramento Area
Posts: 1,553
I wouldn't worry about it getting too hot at all. Warping on the other hand depends on the thickness of it. To combat that I would suggest cutting it across the middle and put a joint in there so you can create like a door. Now I don't know if this is doable with the shape or whatever but it's like the glass ones you buy. Just a thought
__________________
-CHAD
"Another Fish Tank!?!?!?!?" -My Wife
CA_BroncoFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 12:13 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Kelso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 382
Ya it's pretty thin. My problem is I got x2, 24" or 28"(whichever it is)lighs on my 46 gal bow tank. They are not long enough to use the mounts, so having a cover is really all I can think of. The back has maybe 3" opening, hopefully that's enough for gas exchange. At least I know acrylic is safe to use. Really what bugged me out was reading an artical about plexyglass, how it warps to low heat and yellows. I also just read on the sticker of the piece of acrylic they have a 10 year non-yellow garentee, so I should be good.
__________________
Kelso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 11:36 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Oak Forest, IL
Posts: 4,388
It might discolor due to heat if you place your lights directly on the acrylic.
__________________
BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 11:53 AM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Send me a PM this evening so I can remember to send you pics of my tank cover suggestion for you. Polypropelene netting construction you might like.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 04:30 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Kelso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 382
I dont know how well you can see it, the piece of acrylic. I think it is too thin. Its only temporary anyway, im planing on getting a new light soon. One that reaches from side to side, a little more wattage to. I posted another thread about it in general hardware, trying do decide between T5 HO and PC. The PC has higher watage but fewer bulbs. Once I get the light hopefully the cover wont be needed.
__________________
Kelso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
A t5 with the propre reflectors has more light reaching the tank than PCs.
I would also look into hanging a light fixture instead of usng the legs.

PM ray tonight for some of this extra netting.

Ray, got enough left for my 72x18 tank? PM me if you do.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 04:42 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Kelso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 382
Sorry, Im not sure what PM means as stupid as it may sound. What do I got to do?
__________________

__________________
Kelso is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cover, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
tank cover Elwood Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 01-26-2007 05:58 PM
Edit--glass cover question lovemybarbs General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 17 04-23-2006 01:28 PM
Question about how to cover the top of my tank. mnestroy Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 03-31-2006 08:26 PM
To cover or not to cover my tank JoeA Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 11-19-2004 12:16 PM
tank cover AutoPilot Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 07-29-2004 12:46 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.