Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-19-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Eunice nm
Posts: 42
Building a tank

Can I use a old mirror for the bottom of a tank
__________________

__________________
nubreefer1228 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Airgoose2222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 442
It depends on the size and weight of the tank. There are glass thickness calculators online that you could use to check. Mirrors aren't very thick, so that could be an issue
__________________

__________________
Airgoose2222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 09:58 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Serafin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 142
Building a tank

I guess you could use a normal glass bottom and then attach the mirror to the glass, so it seems that the bottom is a mirror.
__________________
Serafin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 10:52 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Whitby, Ont,Canada
Posts: 2,755
Depends on the size of the tank and the thickness of the mirror.
__________________
Join a fish club. Don't have one in your area? Start one.
BillD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 12:12 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Eunice nm
Posts: 42
I going to order glass and not take a chance thanx for the help
__________________
nubreefer1228 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2014, 03:41 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
90galWavefront's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 103
Any decent size tank I ever had always had a tempered glass for the bottom. I personally would not trust regular plate glass for a tank bottom.
__________________
90galWavefront is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
J.Mcpeak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Normally, In A Tank!
Posts: 1,685
Quote:
Originally Posted by 90galWavefront View Post
Any decent size tank I ever had always had a tempered glass for the bottom. I personally would not trust regular plate glass for a tank bottom.
I wouldn't advise toughened glass. It has a tendency to shatter especially when struck on the corner (that's how we used to break sheets down) and also along or close to the edges.
There is also an occurrence of glass sheets just giving out for no apparent reason, I have witnessed this on several occasions. The glass is in part designed to break into small pieces to meet health and safety requirements in public areas and areas of high traffic. My personal preference for base panels is a laminated sheet. 6.4mm or 12.8mm will be suitable for most domestic aquariums.

A suitable thickness float or polished plate glass will be more than sufficient in almost every application. Where plate glass is not suitable you will be getting on for pond sized to public aquarium sized installations.

Suitable protection should be used for the base panel.
The alternative is acrylic, it's lighter and tougher. I have no experience with acrylic aquariums.
__________________
https://www.flickr.com/photos/928918...7632686866609/
FW-750L DIY, 120L, 2x110L(not my)DIY. BW-60L DIY. Sw (nearly!)(http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...se-284360.html)
^almost a DIY Fish House^ https://m.youtube.com/user/4tanks2day (L=litre)
J.Mcpeak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
J.Mcpeak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Normally, In A Tank!
Posts: 1,685
Quote:
Originally Posted by nubreefer1228 View Post
I going to order glass and not take a chance thanx for the help
A mirror can be on any sheet thickness of glass. It is normally chemically applied to one side of the sheet. Search silvering. (Not sure if the fish would like a mirror?)
__________________
https://www.flickr.com/photos/928918...7632686866609/
FW-750L DIY, 120L, 2x110L(not my)DIY. BW-60L DIY. Sw (nearly!)(http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...se-284360.html)
^almost a DIY Fish House^ https://m.youtube.com/user/4tanks2day (L=litre)
J.Mcpeak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2014, 06:09 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Southern Cali
Posts: 1,734
Yes you can provided the glass is thick enough.
Trust me though, it doesn't look as good as it sounds.
__________________

__________________
PB_Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
build, building, tan, tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Building a new home and need advice on building in aquarium Deepfish Mode Member Introductions 7 10-21-2007 04:03 AM
building a octagonal fish tank kellane1 DIY Projects 1 01-20-2004 09:47 AM
Building an indoor holding tank for the winter. suggestions? RubixCube Freshwater & Brackish - Coldwater, Native Fish & Ponds 8 11-26-2003 12:55 PM
Painting in building with tank Biggen Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 11-02-2003 06:50 PM
Building a tank stand Punkymom DIY Projects 3 07-29-2003 09:48 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.