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Old 11-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Huma's 6ft Frag Tank Build

I have an old 72" dual overflow 125 collecting dust in my basement. as i was discussing my possible options with a friend, he brought up the idea of turning it into a frag tank, however theres a neat spin to it. he thinks i should cut it in half...horizontally.... to be honest, i LOVE the idea of a shallow 6ft frag tank and i have about 75% of the equipment needed to do it. so as long as i can get the tank unburied and into some open space, im goin to start working on it this weekend. havent really thought about how im going to deal with the dual overflows but that will come in time i guess. i will be using a dremel with a diamond-tipped cutting wheel on it. any suggestions or comments are welcome. ill upload intial pics here in about 2 hours or so.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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to sniper, being as to how the tanks prob only going to be 6-8" tall, i figure it wont need any bracing at all, maybe a glass center brace just as a precaution. id really like to just sand down the cut edges and round them off. then again it wont have to be perfect looking considering its staying in the basement. who knows. at this point the particulars are in the discussion phase lol
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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Isn't a 125 gallon 21" deep? I don't know if I'd call that shallow lol. But it sounds like fun!
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Oh didn't see the cut it in half part lol my bad. Hmm interesting
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I've done this with an acrylic tank before but never attempted a glass tank. I would make it more than 6" though. You are going to want room for eggcrate or something to put frags on plus, some corals will grow a bit taller. Also, you'll want a little space at the top of the tank or water will spill over when you put your hand in. 12" would be better IMO.

I think what would be better is to take the tank apart and cut the glass traditionally (scoring it with a glass cutter) piece by piece. This will make perfect cuts. Then you can glue them back together with nice, fresh, silicone.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:14 PM   #6
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guess I should have clarified a bit in talking about the depth. it will prob end up somewhere near the 12" range, I was thinking 6-8" of water depth but as you said mr x, im gonna need to install some form of frag plug holders, so that will add a few inches.i really don't know which route to go in terms of cutting it. on one hand, I have access to a proper power cutter that could simply make the cut while its still together. but on the other, if I tear it down and score each piece, itll look more professional afterwards.
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I've never seen cutter that could go through glass like this. Take a video if you try it.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #8
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I mean I don't think its meant to cut completely through, just score it enough to snap the glass. im just really scared to take it entirely apart. I feel like I should build some form of a wooden support frame so that when I put it back together it will si right.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #9
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Doesn't it have the plastic trim around the bottom? Cut the silicone away and remove the sides without damaging that, then clean that up real good and slide the cut pieces back in after you load it up with fresh silicone. You are leaving the bottom piece seated. Don't forget to save the cuts so you can make a center brace.
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Following...this should be interesting.
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