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Old 02-12-2007, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Anybody have any idea how much it costs to custom cut some glass tops for my standard 60 gallon tank? Or maybe even how much some standard ones cost?

I don't have the time or tools to complete a custom hood right now and plan on keeping the lights set on top for now.
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When I had the front piece of my top break I took a chunk of it to the local glass shop and I told them what it was for and they cut and sanded a piece for me for about $9

It was for a 55 gallon.....and the top was plain glass...
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so the piece that was 9$ spanned the whole 4 feet? i thought it wouldve been more but thats not too bad at all.
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I got a 3' x 7" "thick" window glass pane cut for $12 at my local hardware store.
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I would, if you can swing the extra $, go for tempered glass with finished edges. It is more expensive (probably in the $20 - 30 range) but blood and broken glass is hard to fish out of a tank...

The fluorescent fixture pumping out major voltage falling into the tank with a broken top isn't a lot of fun either. Especially when your first reaction is, without thinking, to stick your hand in after it quickly.

I got lucky, thankfully. But you too can learn from my mistake. Call a few glass shops in your area (the yellow pages will have 10 of them within a few miles) and I am sure you will find something you can afford.

Just my $0.02.
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What about using Lexan, you should be able to maybe get it at the Home Depot, or Lowes, but might have to find a local plastics warehouse, but if they do have it at HD or LWS, then they should be abel to cut it right there for you. That way you don't have to worry about it breaking at all.
Not 100 percent sure of weather this will cause any problems with your light, but I doubt it.
I think it will end up cheaper then glass, but not sure, haven't ever really bought glass before, just the lexan.
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im not sure if lexan acts like acrylic, but i have a sheet of acrylic on top of a 20 gallon and with the moisture and possibly indirect heat from the light, it tends to bend after a couple days.
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I know Lexan is an acrylic, not sure if it would be the same as you have.
It is , think of bullet proof glass, but it is flexible.
I doubt that it is either the moisture and heat from the light, but more just the weight of the light, or even just gravity that would make it bend.
They do make it in many different thicknesses, just might not be available at the hardware store, but if you went with like 5/16 or 3/8 thick, I wouldn't think it would show any warping. You probably have 3/16 or 1/4 thick now.
In any case, if you don't like the warp, that is fine, but you wouldn't have any wory about it breaking, you would have to almost fold it in half to get it to break.
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Hey Kurtis, where is this glass shop?

When I called the local glass shops around here and gave them a dimension, it was usually around $20-$30.

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Sorry...It was when I lived up in the central valley. I should have been more specific.

$20-30 for a 48" x 5"(roughly) piece of sanded 1/4" thick untempered glass is a bit much.

I will look around this area here, Im sure I can get it cheaper.
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