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Old 04-30-2005, 06:06 PM   #21
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Thanks fish 4 all. i still have some questions.
lets say theres a table. its flat obviously. the bottom of the tank (when its all put together) the bottom DOES NOT touch the table? right? I should suspend the bottom at least 1/2 inch from the table?

The strips that support. they go on the inside and do not overlap each other but there edges touch? and they goe all around the tank? does that support the light and hood too? and another strip from front to back for more support? i think i got this right. lol
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Old 04-30-2005, 06:22 PM   #22
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And for a acrylic tank the bottom does need to be supported completely?
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Old 05-01-2005, 03:57 PM   #23
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The bottom of the tank should NOT touch the table! 1/2 inch is the highest you should have to go to prevent the glass from bowing far enough to touch the stand you put it on. 1/4 inch might work but I would make it 1/2.

The strips are on top of the sides, not inside them. They do touch each other and are siloconed at the seems, or should be anyway. The strip from front to back in the middle will be on top of the other strips in the middle of the tank or the strips can be cut so they are all level put together like a puzzle. I guess it really doesn't matter which ones are longer, across the front or across the sides. All the pieces just need to cover the edges so they have axtra support and a place to put the lights. I would also make sure I have a top to the tank that covers the entire tank.

This does pose a problem for a HOB filter. I would "guess" that you can leave an openning in one of the pieces of glass across the back the width of the HOB filter or the area you need for the tube of a canister filter. This should not affect the strength of the glass. Just make sure you make the tank to support whatever you want to do in the tank while reinforcing it across the top.

Acrylic can be flat on the desk.

One more thing, when I build my tank, to accomodate for easier cleaning I will slant the bottom so it tilts toward either front, back or one side. This gets all the debris to one side and helps the filter get it all sucked up.

Best piece of advice, build a 20 gallon tank first so you know what you are doing before building a monster. I will build 3 tanks, progressively larger, 35,75-100 and then my huge tank whenever I get the room to actually handle it. Will post a drawing, very rough one in a couple hours.
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Here is the best I could do for now. Hope it helps.
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Old 05-02-2005, 03:47 PM   #25
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Thank you so much Fish 4 all.
All my confusion has been clearified.
I am going to take you advie and build a small tank first. but i am going to go with Acrylic. just because i can get the material cheaper than glass through my friend that works at ACE hardware and because its lighter and it seems easier to put together.
Thanks again. i will post my progress in the DIY forum when i have the materials.
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:29 AM   #26
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Ok i need help with something else now. what is the best sealant/adhesive for the acrylic tank? i went to ace hardware but they didnt have anything and i also checked with lowes and they had no clue. im looking for acrylic ceament. but its nowere to be fond if anyone knows of a good brand. or certain store where i can buy it at let me know. thanks.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:57 AM   #27
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Nevermind guys! found it!
http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=130&
Thats the good stuff.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:57 AM   #28
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We MUST get pics when you are done!!
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Just make sure that when you get the acrylic it is as smooth as it can possibly be. Any pits from cutting will cause weak spots and leaks, I know I tried to make a couple dozen small tanks and have never gotten one water tight. It might be my glue or just the lousy cuts but it would never seal tight. Just remember, get everything perfectly set up before gluing, the more times you have to glue, the weaker the seals become as it melts the plastic.

Good luck and I definately want to see pictures.
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as soon i have the glue in i will start taking pics. and i just received my Filstar XP3 in the mail for this tank too. IM EXCITED! lol
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