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Old 08-11-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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DIY Tank Repair? (broken bottom glass)

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I have a 125g tank that the bottom broke on me about 4 years ago. (Engineer goby shifted sand and LR came crashing down) Good news I found that I have beautiful wood floors under the carpet. My wife and I refinished them and they look great!

Any-hoo, I have moderate-to-good DIY skills and was wondering if you think that putting a new panel in the bottom is do-able? The ultimate goal would be to use this aquarium FOWLR or possibly turn it into a sump for a larger reef one. But that is far in the future. I'm just looking at fixing this one right now.

I found a local glass retailer that can get me a 72" x 18" x 3/8" panel for around $80. I realize that the bottom isn't tempered by the way it broke but is there anything special about aquarium glass that I should know about? I thought about going to 1/2" for added strength.

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my 125 has half inch glass... and its tempered. Acrylic is way stronger, but im sure its way more expensive too... something like that could prevent the bottom from breaking again due to rocks crashing down? just a thought. i would certainly go with 1/2" though
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+1 on the acrylic. Much tougher than glass and will help prevent the breakage on the bottom again.
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i just re-read my post, i meant i would at least go with 1/2" glass... if you can afford it, go with acrylic
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I may have misunderstood, But if he has a glass tank, how are you going to get an acrylic bottom? I thought silicone didn't stick to acrylic..
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hmmm....weldon?
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silicone will stick to acrylic if you do it right, i siliconed a windshield for a race car and as long as you take rough sandpaper to it where you want the silicone, it will stick...
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Ah ok. I learned something today!
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If you put an acrylic bottom in this glass tank, would you set it up like a glass tank or an acrylic tank? I assume it would have the plastic frame around the bottom still, but I'm not sure the acrylic is rigid enough to resist flexing if it's not fully supported.
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