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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-30-2019, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I plan on doing a 2 way divided 10 gallon betta tank however I was wondering what the best light would be if I want high light plants and where I could find a cover without a hinge
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May I ask why you want a cover without a hinge? I had one and they are a PITA when it comes to feeding and maintenance of both the tank and the plants.

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Have to agree with Russell. feeding and maintenance can be a real problem with a glass canopy with out a hinge. You would run the risk of a jumper and have a real problem.

As for lighting for high light plants look at the Finnex Planted Plus. a very good grow light for those type of plants.
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That pains me as well, that stupid black strip on the glass canopies drives me nuts as it blocks the light.

I tore the black strip off mine and just use the two individual pieces as the canopy. Take a dull knife and pry up the edge of the black strip. Be careful, don't crack the glass, I've always used a steel knife but I suppose a plastic one would work or better yet, if you have a trim install tool.
Once you get one edge up, try to pull the glass away, if it's stuck, slide the knife a little further down the black strip, you won't get too far before you're able to remove the glass.

Once you get the black strip off, the two pieces won't sit flush front to back against the top of the tank, but if you put them together and slide them forward, there will be a slight gap at the back but still covered by the plastic rim of the tank.
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May I ask why you want a cover without a hinge? I had one and they are a PITA when it comes to feeding and maintenance of both the tank and the plants.
The black strip on the hinges part gets in the way of where I’d like the light to sit
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The black strip on the hinges part gets in the way of where I’d like the light to sit


I went through this yesterday! I bought the topfin glass canopy that has a black hinge going down the middle. I saw in a YouTube video you can just pull the glass away from the hinge and it pops right out. Mine did not. I later learned topfin glues the glass to the hinge. But I set it down in front of the heating vent for maybe a minute and the glass slid out like butter. I cut 2, 2 inch sections off of the black hinge and attached it to each end so there's still a hinge. I saw people saying they cut the hinge with regular craft scissors, I sawed at that thing for 15 minutes and there was definite progress but I would have been there all night. I have wire strippers/cutters for work (the brand is Klein blue handle with a yellow band I'm almost positive they are sold at Home Depot and not expensive. I highly recommend the yellow band ones over the red band ones for this "project") those things sliced through it like it was nothing. I think it could be achieved with regular craft scissors though it will just take a really long time and possibly ruin the scissors.

To attach the mini hinges back on I got each of them half way and couldn't get it to budge so I set it down in front of the heater again and it slid right in. Be extremely careful pushing and pulling on the glass I saw a lot of people saying it broke in their hands. Personally I'd skip right to setting it down in front of a heater or blasting a hair dryer on it. And doing that again to get the mini hinges back on.

Edit - oooooook just actually googled it and the wire cutters I was talking about are 19$ at Home Depot and 17$ on amazon, if that's your only use not worth it. A saw would probably work just as well. If you can find wire cutters that look like the Klein ones and open as wide but are cheaper those will work too.


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