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Get off NR and go buy some silicone! LOL :P Can't wait to see the pics. I'm getting eager to build one myself :)

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I about to leave! Hold on!!!

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Nice build! I can't wait to see more. :)

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Alright just bought some GE I Window and Door Clear. Evidently that's what you want and is aquarium safe.

Once I get home I will post a howto on how I will re-create my tank. Stay tuned folks!!!

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you want that one? i used the plastic one...

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Well it had a lot of experience behind it, so I went. Nothing like a solid decision. :happy:

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Excited! :D

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Can't wait to see it!

The first one looked great.
So, the second has to be better, right? omgomgomg

Edited by pismo_reefer, 19 September 2011 - 02:40 PM.

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Ahhh.... here it is.

Step 1. Get your glass cut in the desired dimensions. Keep in mind the thickness of the glass, overlying pieces, and the overall setup of how it comes together. All the pieces of glass should not be whole numbers (except for maybe one or two). (no picture)

Let's pretend there are two pieces of glasses that meet in one corner, and the bottom piece is on the bottom. If the glass thickness is 1/4", wouldn't you equate that 1/4" into the total height so that top piece is one 1/4" shorter? anyways...

Step 2. Inspect the glass. Is it the correct dimensions? Did you follow the above directions for measurement? Any cracks, scratches or cuts/imperfections?
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Step 3. Clean the glass. Order/buy the correct silicone. GE Silicone I Window/Door is highly recommended. I am using this. Mark on the glass with tape where you want the silicone lines to be. A 1/8" seam of silicone on each pane is fine. Keep in mind how the pieces of glass intersect and measure accordingly.
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Step 4. Put two pieces of tape on each side of the bottom pane. These support the pieces of glass during the curing time.
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Step 5. Put up two panes at a time. Put a piece of top that supports both on each side.
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Step 6. Put in the next two panes. Same operation as above.
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Step 7. Now apply the silicone! Try not to put too much on, enough to get some on the tape that keep the lines clean. Repeat to all sides. Smooth out the lines with a finger. Remove the tape that keeps the silicone lines clean, keeping on the support pieces around the tank.
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And viola! There you go. NURSE33.4 I hope you're happy! :D

Edited by iball1804, 19 September 2011 - 04:05 PM.


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I like that you used Scotch tape..... :lol:
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Hey it worked. Last time I used masking tape w/ low tack but whatever. It worked!

Now where's NURSE33.4? She/he requested this.

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scotch tape is hard
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HE* ;)

Great write up! Thanks a lot. Looks very nice, once again. What are the dimensions of your tank? And are all the sides on top of the bottom piece of glass?

So you don't actually put any silicone on the sides of the glass where they meet eachother...is it because of the small size of the tank? Or is it just because it's not needed?

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It's pretty much whatever you want. I made the side on top of the bottom, and the front/back in front of the bottom piece.

Yeah all you need is a seam in each corner, in between the pieces is not necessary. Tanks like ADA and ELOS only have silicone where the pieces meet, but it's very hard to do and makes a mess.

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Those glass pieces look a little... off? Or maybe it's supposed to be like that? It looks good..


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The only "off" pieces are the front and back panes. They will hold the lid for whatever fish I will have. They will be covered up!

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Gotcha! Makes sense :) now I'm excited to see your LED build :) if that's what you plan on doing? And what are the dimensions of your tank?

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Gotcha! Makes sense :) now I'm excited to see your LED build :) if that's what you plan on doing? And what are the dimensions of your tank?


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Lo ciento! I am planning on LEDs. The build should happen in the next couple weeks.

My tank is rather odd because I already have everything I will ever need, which means I'm almost broke! So once I have everything setup (except the LEDs) I will sell off whatever I have left (probably 10-15 lbs of live rock, some live sand, other accessories) which should leave me a pocket of cash. Hopefully then I can scrape up enough for a kit.

NURSE33.4 - where's your tank? I wanna see it!

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Good job on building the tank!

Edited by Giga, 21 September 2011 - 09:02 AM.

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The most important seam is the one between the glass,, never leave that out. ADA and ELOS tanks have them also that is their main seam without it the tiny seam they put on the insides wouldn't hold. If you have taken tanks apart you realize how awesome that seam between the panes is, its a real pain to get off and is the main thing that holds the glass in place.

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Lo ciento! I am planning on LEDs. The build should happen in the next couple weeks.

My tank is rather odd because I already have everything I will ever need, which means I'm almost broke! So once I have everything setup (except the LEDs) I will sell off whatever I have left (probably 10-15 lbs of live rock, some live sand, other accessories) which should leave me a pocket of cash. Hopefully then I can scrape up enough for a kit.

NURSE33.4 - where's your tank? I wanna see it!


If you're asking about a DIY tank like yours, I haven't quite decided on what size tank I want yet :) as for my other tank it is a 34 gallon rimless 25x18x18. It's recently finished it's cycle and is just sitting with no live stock :( waiting for my new stand before I get critters in there!

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Well now MGDMIRAGE, that's not true.

Although that seam between between the panes is helpful, it's just not practical for a guy in his garage. I have made multiple tanks before with just a smoothed corner seam and they have worked out fine. Now I understand the properties of silicone and the integrity and benefits of have a seam bond (both structural and aesthetics) but if you have tried (I have) it just isn't very realistic.

Sure I would love to have a fancy ADA and ELOS tank but just can't afford one. The next best thing is DIY.

And the seam bond isn't the most important, but it sure helps!

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The thinner the silicone bond the stronger. "That tiny seam" is stronger than a thicker seam globbed on there. Please don't post unless you do some research. Nice silicone job on your tank btw. Had to dig to find it, but it was worth it.

Edited by iball1804, 21 September 2011 - 04:29 PM.


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I wanna do a shallow ~15 gallon :D any ideas on some dimensions?

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What are you willing to work with?