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Old 04-01-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I have had a huge issue for a while now with my tank,(150g or so) I cannot seem to find a lid or glass to fit it,. Does anyone have light weight diy lids u made ideas or layouts for me! I also use 4 ft t8 lighting so it sits on top
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:10 AM   #2
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I bought my 75 gallon from craigslist and it came with a pretty creative lid. The guy had 4 pieces of glass cut for him by a local glass shop, then put plastic trim pieces on the edges and the lid was complete. I broke a piece and had it re-cut for $6 so i'm guessing the whole thing probably only cost around $40 or $50.

You can google "custom glass aquarium lid" and look for ideas in the images search or I can post some pics of my lid if you'd like.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:29 AM   #3
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Acrylic sheets from Lowe's or home depot
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Plexiglass from lowes.

Eggcrate if its a saltwater tank also from lowes
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:28 AM   #5
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Plexiglass from lowes.

Eggcrate if its a saltwater tank also from lowes
Eggcrate?

And the acrylic cuts real nice with a router or a jigsaw with a fine tooth blade. I did one for my buddies 250 g last year and he loves it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:56 AM   #6
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I use eggcrate lighting diffuser for my saltwater tank. It allows you to have a open top without risk of jumpers
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Does the salt not damage it. And by eggcrate do u mean the stuff that covers the fluorescent lights in office buildings?
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Does the salt not damage it. And by eggcrate do u mean the stuff that covers the fluorescent lights in office buildings?
Yes that is called eggcrate. Its made of plastic so no the salt does not damage it. I even use it to make frag racks to hold new pieces of coral
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The checkered stuff not the solid stuff. Here is the top of my tank
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:36 AM   #10
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Ahhh that's good to know and I bet its much cheaper than a sheet of acrylic too.ty
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a 2ft x 4ft piece of it cost right at $14 with tax at home depot
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Eggcrate is nice but I want as less evap as possible , acrylic for thick pieces is expensive , but ill probably just have to deal with it
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Yeah stick with solid top then. I have a 36 gallon reef tank and lose about 1/4 gallon a day if not more than that
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I'd stay away from plexi if you are setting your light on it. Unless you go really thick you will have sagging issues and some have reported yellowing.
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a 2ft x 4ft piece of it cost right at $14 with tax at home depot
And a big sheet of acrylic is like $60 - $90 3ftx6ft
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Wow glass is cheaper than that. there is a aquarium builder here that makes lids too and plate glass is 1-3$ per sq foot
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I used acrylic from lowes 1/4 in thick and it bows across the span of my 110g tank. It does have a brace in the middle. The worst place was on top of my 30g sump it curled up at the corners. I would go with glass far cheaper
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Ok thanks
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I used acrylic from lowes 1/4 in thick and it bows across the span of my 110g tank. It does have a brace in the middle. The worst place was on top of my 30g sump it curled up at the corners. I would go with glass far cheaper
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