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Old 05-05-2005, 02:04 AM   #31
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VERY VERY IMPORTANT:
When gluing together the acrylic. do you fist tape/clamp the tank together then glue the touching seams OR do you place acrylic cement on the edge and then "sandwich" the glue inbetween the two pieces and then clamp/tape the tank togeher?
Need to know. I'm going to pick up my acrylic Friday.
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Old 05-11-2005, 10:54 AM   #32
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ace1uno_00.. there are multiple ways of glueing acrylic.. I would research them before gluing the tank together.. putting it together and dripping the sealant in is capillary.. most common, easisest to perform and most likely to leak! melting some acrylic into the sealant and then clamping the pieces is called something else and is going to more likely not leak.. what type of sealant did you get.. was it numbered.. the grades are based on how much acrylic is in it already.. sorry if this is too late!! 8O
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Old 05-11-2005, 05:31 PM   #33
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No its not too late. I'm still researching. i have the acrylic and all the sealant. But not yet ready to construct the tank. (i dont feel confident in my gluing skills yet)
I have Tap plastics Acrylic cement and Tap plastics Wel-On #16. and a little bootle with a thin needle tip. I think im going to use the capillary method. but im not sure...
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:57 PM   #34
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the #16 stuff is pretty thick already im guessing you knew it wasnt the stuff for the capilary method when you got a look at it. Ill be honest with you and tell ya I havnt done a overflow box yet..lol That would be my first acrylic project.. you guys going for tanks first are jumping in head first!...LOL. Good Luck!..
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Old 05-12-2005, 04:42 PM   #35
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Last night i made a little one gallon tank its 8 inches by 6 inches.
I came out pretty good. im Actualy going to use it for a Betta. the #16 is for uneven spots in the acrylic obviously not for capillary.
Diving into things head first is the best way to learn if you're really dedicated to it....
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FYI

here is a link I ran into a long time ago when I was looking to work with acrylic... http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_acrylic.php I just found it again like 2 min. ago.. LOL
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Old 05-12-2005, 11:12 PM   #37
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Thanks a lot for that link. I've read simular.
I'm almost ready to start the tank. i might even do the front with bent corners because it would involve less gluing. but i don't know yet.
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