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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #225
> > "Ron Barter" (Perth, Ontario) <mistnfrost at superaje_com> wrote:
> > I too have been trying to find a source for plastic tank trim
> (as well
> > > as the plastic hinge used to connect front and back sections of glass
> > tank
> > > covers) without any luck. Anybody know if we can get our hands on this
> > > stuff, or is it's distribution controlled by some clandestine tank
> > > manufacturer's cartel <g>?
> I've been looking for a good source for 10 years. My conclusion
> is that yes, manufacturers have the parts made and don't want
> to distribute the parts because the margin is in the assembled
> product. (Tanks are very easy/cheap to make, and cost an
> unreasonable amount of money, IMHO.) I can get the lid hinge
> over-the-counter, though.
> It's actually pretty easy to have a plastics company make the
> die and provide the parts to you (our company does this all
> the time). It's hundreds of dollars start-up, but then you can
> get a zillion of the things pretty cheap. I'm thinking about doing
> this myself since I've made a lot of tanks for me and friends, and
> I think a few custom tanks for plants would be neat (I'd like a tank
> that exactly fits the top of a file cabinet. My 29g is up there now,
> and it sticks out a little and is too thin.)
> I have a day job and don't want to go into the tank business,
> because shipping assembled tanks is expensive (heavy,
> issues of breakage). However, if I ever get around to it, shipping
> the plastic parts would be cheap and easy if anybody wants to
> help split the cost of the die.
> Hey... if we got permission, we could even have the AGA logo
> molded into the tank's frame. ;-)) Does the AGA need a
> fundraiser? This is how REI got started.
> - --charley
> charleyb at cytomation_com
I can't help with the plastic frame. But.....the plastic hinge to connect
the front and back pieces of a glass canopy are available from Pet
Warehouse. They are listed on page 40 of the late winter 2000 paper catalog.
Check their on- line site for these item #'s 931066, 931105, 931118, and
931131. They also list the black and brown handles for the glass tops also.
From rainy and cool NW CT
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