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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:09 pm Post subject: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 Was  looking  for  a  substitute  for  thermocol  &  which  should  be  black  in  colour.  This  will  be  used  in  between  the  Aquarium  &  Cabinet.  Any  ideas...
 
 Would  also  love  to  have  location  where  i  can  buy  them  in  bangalore..
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:56 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 is  there  none  ???
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:45 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 Industrial  rubber  sheets  that  are  black  in  color?  Am  not  sure  where  in  Bangalore  but  we  get  them  in  Chennai   Smile  
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:57 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 thanks  lawrence  for  your  info,
 need  some  more  detsils  as  to-  have  you  tried  using  them  as  a  replacement  for  Thermocol  ????  your  suggestions.
 Also  is  there  any  specific  width  &  length  it  comes  in.  how  thick  are  they  &  are  they  strong  enough  to  hold  the  weight  of  the  entire  aquarium.
 
 Thanks  in  advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:01 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 Run  a  black  tape  around  the  edge  of  thermocle  sheet.
 It  will  blend  in  between  stand  and  aquarium  bottom.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:22 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 thanks  for  the  easy  option  out  sandeep,  but  looking  for  a  more  permanent  solution  where  i  dont  have  to  run  around  with  the  tape  maybe  every  2  or  3  weeks....
 Unfortunately  shifting  the  aqurium  is  not  an  easy  job  (even  without  water)
 
 Hence  i  asked  for  a  substitute  for  thermocol  which  can  be  a  fix  it  forget  it  types  until  the  real  need  to  change  it  or  checking  the  substitute  comes  in...
 
 Thanks  anyways
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:27 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

                                                   
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thanks  for  the  easy  option  out  sandeep,  but  looking  for  a  more  permanent  solution  where  i  dont  have  to  run  around  with  the  tape  maybe  every  2  or  3  weeks....
 Unfortunately  shifting  the  aqurium  is  not  an  easy  job  (even  without  water)
 
 Hence  i  asked  for  a  substitute  for  thermocol  which  can  be  a  fix  it  forget  it  types  until  the  real  need  to  change  it  or  checking  the  substitute  comes  in...
 
 Thanks  anyways                

 
 Did  not  get  you,  why  would  you  want  to  change  the  tape  every  2-3m  weeks,  maybe  I  did  not  understand  your  requirement.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:40 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 ok  the  reason  i  want  a  substitute  for  Thermocol  is  :-
 
 1)  its  white  in  colour
 2)  Its  not  attractive  &  distracts  sitting  in  between  the  tank  &  stand  /  cabinet
 3)  most  of  the  times  Thermocol  is  where  it  was  put  when  the  tank  was  first  installed
 
 hence  looking  for  a  (even  if  not  cheap)  a  closer  substitute  which  would  be  black  in  colour  &  not  very  costly.
 
 The  reason  i  told  i  may  have  to  change  the  tape  is  that  when  the  thermocol  shrinks  with  the  weight  of  the  tank  the  tape  peels  off  (my  experience).  the  only  other  idea  is  to  paint  the  thermocol  black  (fabric  colour  only)  but  all  these  are  short  term  options.  was  looking  for  a  permanent  solution.
 
 hence  the  hunt...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:48 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 Hi  karthik,
 
 I  have  used  the  black  industrial  rubber  foam  for  my  tank.  They  are  very  good  substitute  for  thermocol.  You  get  that  sheet  in  all  thickness.  I  have  seen  them  from  4mm  and  above..  Depending  upon  the  size  of  the  tank,  choose  the  appropriate  thickness  sheet.
 
 For  my  36"Lx24"Wx18"H  tank,  I  have  used  the  6mm  black  rubber  foam.  I  got  it  from  JC  road,  Bangalore.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:59 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 thanks  Shelly.  Any  indications  about  what  type  of  shops  in  JC  Road  too  will  surely  help.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:01 am Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 shelly,  so  what  thickness  do  you  suggest  on  a  three  footer...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:06 am Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 Any  shops  which  sell  the  rubber  foams,  polythene  sheets  etc  I  dont  remember  what  kind  of  shop  was  that.  Just  had  walk  in  the  street  and  stepped  into  the  shop.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:06 am Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 For  my  3x2x1.5  am  using  a  6mm  sheet.  6mm  would  be  sufficient  I  guess.  What  is  the  full  tank  size?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:09 am Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 the  tank  size  is  90x45x45  (cms  only).  
 
 Ok  will  definitely  check  if  i  can  find  the  industrial  rubber  foam  at  JC  Road....
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:19 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute for Thermocol Reply with quote

 Just  An  update...
 
 
 Finally  got  hold  of  the  Sheet  today  at  JC  Road.  Did  not  have  to  look  for  it  for  very  long.  I  was  actually  shocked  to  see  it  initailly  since  there  is  a  layar  of  White  powder  which  was  on  the  Sheet.  Tried  Washing  it  &  its  better  now.
 
 This  can  definitely  be  used  as  a  Substitute  for  Thermocol  &  it  it  looks  far  far  good.  Try  it...
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