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    After while searching for new lids, everywhere I looked people were complaining about the plastic hinges on "hinged" lids breaking after a few years. I decided to make my own glass lids.

    First, I knew I wanted them to slide front to back (back to front in my case) so after measuring the width and length I added 3/4" to the length to allow for an overlap. I picked up the glass at my local Lowes and had them cut the 4 pieces to size. I then went to the wall board area and found "outside corner moulding" for wall board. It has a groove to place one pane of glass in that won't be the "slider".

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sequentia-0...ulding/4768283

    The one thing Lowe's doesn't do is smooth the VERY sharp edges of the cut glass for you. I just took a block of wood and regular sand paper (200 grit I believe, but 100 would work as well) and sanding the edges until they weren't sharp. Don't forget the corners also! Take one pane and place each side into the channel on the moulding, then set it on the tank. The other pane (the slider) is placed on top of the moulding. I decided to add handles to the "sliders" and picked up a pair at my LFS as well as 4ft of clear back edging. I decided to silicone the back edging to the "sliders".

    In total I think this project cost me around $20 for both sides of the tank and about 2hrs total time, including the trip to Lowes.
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    Nice DIY thread, thanks for taking the time to share.
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    I agree, thanks for sharing. I want to do this to most of our 10 gallon tanks. We tried to cut the glass ourselves but had a massive failure. Getting them cut at the hardware store is much smarter. Hope you can upload some photos of your project soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    I agree, thanks for sharing. I want to do this to most of our 10 gallon tanks. We tried to cut the glass ourselves but had a massive failure. Getting them cut at the hardware store is much smarter. Hope you can upload some photos of your project soon.
    The first 3 cuts by Lowes is free. I can't remember how much it was for each additional cut but it wasn't a big amount.

    I'll try to get some pics uploaded later today after work!
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
    - Dwarf Gourami, , 1 Kuhli loach, 2 Black Phantom Tetras
    - planted w/ Crypts

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