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Old 04-21-2007, 03:45 AM
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I'm converting a 180 gallon fish tank into a paludarium and am replacing the two original hinged glass tops which were damaged, corroded and I can't reuse the hinges or the plastic back flap on the hinged glass lids I had new glass cut, and thanks to Mike and Chris, will do a "living hinge" with silicone. However, there will still be a space in back to admit tubing and such because I'm using an external canister filter for the aquarium section of this tank. With the usual commercial hinged glass tops, there is a plastic back flap that fits over the glass, and then secures down to the long back edge of the tank, so one can cut out places for the various tubing to enter or exit and leave no place for frogs to escape. Since the old flaps are unsalvageable, what can I substitute for this? I need to cover about 2 1/2 inches of open space across the back. Any ideas? Each hinged top is 36" long and fits down into a center brace perpendicular to the long sides, with a section of heavy perpendicular glass also supporting the center just beneath this. Anyone familiar with long fish tanks I hope knows what I'm talking about, because I don't know how to describe it otherwise.

I want a plastic flap for each side that will cover the 2 1/2 inches of space left between the cut glass and the back side that I can cut and fit around the tubing. I need suggestons and ideas.
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Hello,

Could you use a new piece of the flap? If so our local fish store here can usually order it in as a replacement, so yours might be able to also.

he usually orders it from all glass aquariums. if that is not an option what about having someone(or you) cut out a piece of acryllic, you can cut it with a regular saw,just go slow.

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What I do is go to a local plastic fabricator and have a piece of lexan cut for the space. That way, you can drill holes for tubes and I also cut out vents and cover with screen. The lexan is not cheap, but it will not warp like regular plexiglass.
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Thanks, you have both given me something to go on.
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What I do is go to a local plastic fabricator and have a piece of lexan cut for the space. That way, you can drill holes for tubes and I also cut out vents and cover with screen. The lexan is not cheap, but it will not warp like regular plexiglass.
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Ive always been told that lexan is the same thing as plexiglass, its just a name brand.
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Lexan is polycarbonate
Plexiglas is acrylic

Both Lexan and Plexiglas are trade names.



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Lexan is polycarbonate
Plexiglas is acrylic

Both Lexan and Plexiglas are trade names.
I was thinking lucite is scrylic.

Good to know polycarbonate is stronger.
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What are you using as your basis to say "stronger"?



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The biggest differance between lexan and acrylic is that lexan in bulletproof, acryllic isn't. Although i suppose a thick enough piece of acrylic will stop a bullet to some degree.

Lexan will also warp if it is thin enough. The key to using either lexan or acrylic is to match the thickness to the application, a thin piece of either that isn't supported correctly will warp.

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Here is a sugestion.....

Push the top all the way to the back of the tank and make a screen vent with window screen and frame. It may help keep the front glass free moisture, just keep a eye on the humidity.
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Hey Patty,

Just incase you're trying to fing those plastic flap replacement parts, check this out: http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/cat/inf ... tegory.web

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