Where can I find plastic egg crate?

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Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Moe2076 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:49 am

I want to get my hands on some large pieces of plastic egg crate. Where do you all get yours from? I'm having trouble finding what I see pictured in a lot of people's builds.
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Motörcrab » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:12 am

The egg crate can be found at Lowe's. Its in the area with ceiling tiles. It is also called light diffuser. It's around $16-17 for a 48x24 sheet.
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by wodesorel » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:55 am

I'm never sure where the egg crate nickname came from, but call it that in a hardware store and you will get the strangest looks!
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Motörcrab » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:15 am

I wondered the same thing too. When I think of egg crate I think of the cardboard eggs come in. The stuff you would cut in rows and make caterpillars out of as a kid!
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Moe2076 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:02 am

Than you for your information! The name egg crate is part of the problem/frustration I'm having. Several searches yield egg carton or the same carrying box like a milk crate. I have a lowes 30 minutes away that we frequent often, however, I can't find the egg crate ceiling tiles there in an online search so I'm just going to have to be sure I have another reason to go, such as the lumber I need to pick up to build a table to hold that 75 gal tank I have decided I need. An hour away is a bigger city with lowes, home depot pet smart and Petco ( where the aquarium is on sale)so hopefully I can find some. I've got to clean my room, organize and build the table before I even get the tank so I have time to shop and get it ordered if they dont have any. Amazon wasn't too helpful and some of the vendors I did find were out of stock, others seem to sell it in bulk and I really only need a few sheets.
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Motörcrab » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:02 am

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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by wodesorel » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:04 am

Lowes calls theirs louvered ceiling panels

https://www.lowes.com/pd/PLASKOLITE-Com ... ls/3280904

They'll either be with the florescent light strips, or in the back with the ceiling panels and insulation.

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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Scarletfire » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:05 am

The ones at home depot are in the lumber section, with other light panels (different from ceiling tiles area).

There's several variations:
Suspended light ceiling panel
Egg crate
Louver

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/plasko ... 1000110881

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Plaskolite- ... /202025149

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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Moe2076 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:34 pm

You all are so amazing! Thank you so much. I had to walk around most the store and I was about to give up and find a salesperson when I found them. They are HUGE! I bought 3... for now... lol. And then I went and had a couple guys cut me the lumber I'm going to build an aquarium stand with.
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Scarletfire » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:12 am

If you haven't had the lumbar cut yet and feel handy.. .. A mitre box and saw is relatively inexpensive.

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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Nitegoddess » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:50 pm

How do you all use the egg crate in the tanks? I am upgrading soon and trying to get some ideas.


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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Scarletfire » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:23 pm

If you go to the pictures and DIY sections, there's a few tank builds, crabitat journals, decor consultations etc.

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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Motörcrab » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:02 pm

I use it for the base of background, making shelves, platforms on top and ramps in my water pools. For backdrops I cut it down so it will go all the way to the bottom of the tank. The substrate helps hold it in place and add a few Fluker's Tension Rods up high to keep it from leaning. I attach wheels, and shower caddies to it. They stay put when zip tied.

I found it's easiest to use a good set of big diagional cutters to getting nice clean cuts. I have a similar set like these I abused for years when I worked construction. They still work great. They are probably 16-17 years old. Klein Tools D228-7 High Leverage Diagon ... WDb8FYE9PD
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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Nitegoddess » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:00 pm

I am working on a new tank and was wondering about covering it with cocofiber or just leaving it? I have seen it both ways and wondering what the advantages/disadvantages are to each?

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Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Post by Hermiesguardian » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:42 pm

Motörcrab wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:02 pm
I use it for the base of background, making shelves, platforms on top and ramps in my water pools. For backdrops I cut it down so it will go all the way to the bottom of the tank. The substrate helps hold it in place and add a few Fluker's Tension Rods up high to keep it from leaning. I attach wheels, and shower caddies to it. They stay put when zip tied.

I found it's easiest to use a good set of big diagional cutters to getting nice clean cuts. I have a similar set like these I abused for years when I worked construction. They still work great. They are probably 16-17 years old. Klein Tools D228-7 High Leverage Diagon ... WDb8FYE9PD
I found the tension rods on amazon but they don't seem long enough. They extend to 15" but I'm doing a 75 gal. I think I need the rod to extend to at least 16, 17 inches. I think curtain rods would be too long.
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