perspex for fish tank

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  1. Whoknows

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    Thank you.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Having mine the other way round and resting on the bracing, the gaps are actually small and not a big problem at all
     
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    Thank you. Seems like a cheap and easy sump lid:thumbup:
    Why did you take away your sliders though?
     
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    Couple reasons...
    With 1m and 1.2m wide tanks, the sliders have to be 8 to 10mm thick... if you think half the tank length being 1.3m by 1.2m wide of 10m glass.. they flipping heavy... and I could not lift them out to wash on my own
    Also, with such width, i always found them hard to slide

    And finally, Dragon broke through a number of sliders.. the last set of sliders it broke through was 10mm thick..
    All the pieces of the broken sliders fell into the tank.. it was no joke..

    With these sheets, we weigh them down along the front and back so if Aro jumps it doesnt break sliders
    When feeding, I lift the front edge, hold it up with a piece of egg crate and just lower again after feeding and i dont battle to slide the heavy sliders.
     
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    Must say using the roofing sheets on the bigger tanks make loads of sense ... it only will it help with evaporation but a bit of heat loss in winter.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    I got mine from an friend he cable tied cable saddles to the ends so it just hooks on to the 6mm glass. I have 44 tanks most i use old forsale signs. My purpose is more to keep heat in than evaporation..
     
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    I havent noticed drastic evaporation as the gaps are too small
    The biggest culprit with evaporation is the sump if not covered

    As for heat loss, during cold spells, i just put a towel or piece of polystyrene along the edges and im fine
     
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    Breaking 10mm glass sliders.... sounds scarry
     
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    It is scary... but true...

    Remember that in the wild, Silver Aros jump 2/3m in the air to catch insects, frogs even birds on overhanging branches.
    They extremely powerful and at 1.1m with a girth of around 14cm there is a lot of power and weight behind that jump

     
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    I know they jumpers and tank busters. As mine little small silver aro af max 25cm jumped out twice when feeding.
    As he jumps before I can put food in tank, so i have to have the food in my hand before i open lid and look where he is before i put food in.
     
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    Yep.... However... all being said... despite the grey hairs they can give you.....they awesome fish to keep....

    Good luck with yours..just take the necessary precautions.... Its flipping heart breaking when an accident happens especially when you have bonded with it.
     
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    I see what you mean that even sounds too heavy. Its like a 2 person job to clean those I've only ever had 3mm sliders on my tanks thought that was the normal.
    I can just imagine the mess that would be to clean a whole day job cleaning broken glass out the tank.
     
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    Cesar sometimes took them out on his own for me but it was actually not safe because they can break in your hands
    As for me... well I couldnt even budge them
    Cleaning the glass out the tank was not funny, we actually replaced the pfs as well as we couldnt be sure that there were not small pieces where the rays could cut themselves
     
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    This sounds dangours "crying".

    Replacing sand with fish in the tank still sounds like an experience. I wish you very belated good luck
     
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    This is what I picked up on YouTube, seems like a good lid.

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    We did it
    You put the sand in with a coke bottle but it's time consuming
     
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    Will go look for them today at hardware stores and update you guys.
     
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    I use polycarbonate sheets, bought a 3m length at builders for R300 or so. Perspex is horribly expensive.
    We cut the poly with a jigsaw - and then just use some plastic clips to hold it in place which we bought from Aqua Empire but I've seen them at Wild on Pets too. Will get some pics for you
     

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