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I'm refurbishing an old aquarium and need to repair the hinge on the lid. It was previously held together with silicone that was dried out when I purchased it. I don't believe it ever had a handle however my idea was to create a hinge+handle that is a very similar style to one of the Aqueon versa tops. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to accomplish this? I know that some stores sell replacement pieces for versa tops and planned to purchase one of the handles, but I'm hoping for an alternative that will allow me to use a clear adhesive instead of their black strip. Thank you in advance for all suggestions!

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Yeah, it's a tricky one, no doubt. A couple years ago I spent a lot of time looking for clear hinge material that I was sure would fit, and although they exist on Amazon, I've never been confident they'll grip the glass tightly enough.

However, I have had decent luck with these clear acrylic hinges:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071DPMQXV

I bonded them to glass with epoxy, and they hold reasonably well.

Lately, making my own lids from polycarbonate sheets from Home Depot has been most effective:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Sunlite-24-in-x-48-in-x-5-16-in-Polycarbonate-Clear-Twinwall-Sheet-174040/305560353

That material is so lightweight that I can literally use clear packing tape as my hinge, and it holds well!

Hope some of that helps!

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3 hours ago, Robin said:

Do you have a picture of the polycarbonate lids you made? I'd love to see how it looks and fits. Is it clear like glass so the plants get all the light they need?

I think Tazawa tanks explains it best. This is the video that inspired me to do it:

Here's a picture of my own application:

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