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    #716823 - 07/01/02 08:32 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

Im not sure everyone will agree with me, but from what's been happening to me is this:
Anytime I use plexiglass to construct something, which was a couple time, the plexiglass warps because of the humidity.
i created a tererium completely made of plexiglass. Well, after a week, the freaking thing didnt close right anymore.
So I made a tererium out of a plastic cooler or what-have-you, and cut an opening in the top and then used apoxy (sp?) to secure plexiglass on to it. That eventually came off because it warped like a bow.
So just a word of caution when designing anything with plexiglass.....uhm...be careful or something.....
or just dont use it!

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: GreyMatter]
    #716835 - 07/01/02 08:36 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

Thanks for the advice. I use thick clear plastic (2mil?) available at home depot.

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: GreyMatter]
    #716836 - 07/01/02 08:36 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

I use saran wrap to expose my containers to light. Cut a square in the lid or something....

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: GreyMatter]
    #717174 - 07/02/02 02:20 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

I have used plexiglass with no problems in 3 terrariums. Got it form home depot, maybe you should get a little better grade plexiglass, but seeing as your mad at the plexiglass go with the plastic

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: cheesenoonions]
    #717223 - 07/02/02 03:20 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

If you are trying to construct your own terranium and you are having troubles, why don't you use a fish aquarium? i'm using the PF Tek guide and i just bought a 10 gallon aquarium. i have a piece of plexiglass for the spray shield, and a piece of carboard wrapped in plastic as the lid. I need to make a clear lid, though, so they will have light shining down on them. they just started the other day

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: fireworks_god]
    #718632 - 07/02/02 06:16 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

ine just got a fishtank lying on its side with a sheet of plastic taped to the top and stuck down with velcro double sided tape on either side... it works fine and sits on a shelf in my comp room...

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: GreyMatter]
    #718715 - 07/02/02 07:02 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

why not use acrylic it works great. and it is alot easier to attach together then plexiglass. just get some acrylic cement.

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: GreyMatter]
    #718737 - 07/02/02 07:13 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

If you use plexiglass for the top of your terrarium, duct tape seems to hold a lot better than epoxy if it warps.

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Re: Plexiglass [Re: 2shrewmen]
    #718916 - 07/02/02 08:50 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

Or yah can set the plexi with caulk andthen drill holes around it in the corners an a few down the sides,depending how much yer covering an use small washers nuts an bolts to hold it down also it can be reinforced with a n extra strip across the middle from side to side and this strip can be caulked an bolted also just hadda do that my self works great,decided to use what i already had instead of going to thicker stuff but since bolting and adding the reinforcement strip its worked well.

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