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Re: Tank Tops
Edd.Kray at rf_doe.gov wrote:
> One of my tasks, before convention time, Is to replace all the old and
> broken tops on the tanks down in the fishroom. I'm still using your basic
> double strength glass tops on my 5's and 10s. Of sourse they occasionaly
> fall into the tanks, fall on the floor, whatever , and I end up with a few
> "topless" tanks , or a few with tops that are taped back together where
> they have broken in just two pieces.
> Has anyone developed a better solution for tank tops. Of course, I've tried
> plexi but it droops within a few weeks and becomes unusable.
Acrylic (plexi) absorbs water on one side and expands, to make the tops sag
in the middle. Use Lexan o/e to avoid this problem. Since acrylic has such a
very low melting point, many (not all) of the plastic covers sold for
fluorescent ceiling fixtures are made of some form of polycarbonate
("Lexan"). It is tougher, but still cuts fairly easily with a draw tool.
Avoid the glazing stuff, as it is too expensive. Look in the lighting area
for the 2'X4' ceiling panels. They are thinner, but way cheaper, usually.
> I considered
> trying to reinforce a piece of plexiglass with some simple rigid brace
> system to keep it from warping but havent decided what would work for
Easier to just start with polycarbonate. It does not warp at all.
A 1/2" wide piece of the same acrylic *can* make a center brace that stops
warping, too. Glue with the standard acrylic solvent "welding" liquid.
> What do you guys use for a tank top (5 and 10) that doesnt get broken nor
> does it warp? Any innovative ideas out there.
I use George's solution on "Critter-Keeper" type tanks, to cut evaporation
way down. Stretch Saran Wrap over the top, and poke holes for airlines near
edges, and a bigger one under the center flap for feeding.
I use plastic planter saucers, inverted over drum bowls, for the same
purposes. Easy to drill for lights, airlines, etc.
Glass is still my favorite, based on low cost, ease of cutting, mobility,
cleaning properties, etc. [I just regret it when I make too many, too fast,
and forget to adequately sand off any sharp edges.]
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