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Old 09-01-2011, 03:04 PM   #11
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Silicone is fine. Remember that once you place the silicone, run your finger along down the center of the edge to give it a smooth finish.

Are you going to be building in a DIY overflow ?
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:57 PM   #12
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I've gotta be honest and say that I'm overflow ignorant. I'm not sure I even understand the concept.
I've researched it in the past but never really found a good launching point.

It'll be a gift so there will be no sump or anything. Now when I make one for myself, (and I will) I might have to try an Edge copy with an overflow and sump.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:18 AM   #13
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well there is some that use a overflow + sump system. Then the ones that are a bit bigger and nicer that use a 3 stage filter. I didn't see you using a 3 stage filter unless you was going to do a huge modification of a previously bought one. (which is actually a nice idea) That way the filtration remains hidden, and is just visually stunning.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:48 AM   #14
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That's something to keep in mind for next time.

Per USPS tracking, drill bit should be in today and so all I need to do is run to the store and get some diamond wheels to finish this .
I'll probably wait until Sunday when I go out to visit my parents and use my father's drill press to punch through this glass.
While I'm out there, I'll fab up the stand and get that finished.
I haven't made any progress on the lighting :/

Hopefully updates/completion this weekend.

I'll probably get an AC20 for this and call it done.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:51 PM   #15
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Pic update. Drill bit came in but I'll have to wait for Sunday to drill it.
I have real work tomorrow. It's okay though, more OT to fund my projects.


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Old 09-03-2011, 11:09 PM   #16
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Well, long day... Got to work and my dad called me and told me my childhood dog died so I left work and headed there to bury her. That ended up being an all day ordeal since here in Texas you're either digging in rock or rock.

Anyway, good news is I'm getting ready to drill and dremel the notch in the top glass and possibly assemble it tonight so that I can work on the base and top tomorrow.


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Using a 3/8 core bit to drill the inside corners of the notch to avoid cracks.
Hopefully, that is...
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:38 AM   #17
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Update!
So I got the top successfully notched and went ahead and started the assembly.
The notch wasn't as clean and pretty as I want but this build is utility over beauty and it's really just a working prototype.
When I make the next one, I'll use new glass and have the glass notched for me.

Anyway, 5 of the 6 sides are siliconed and I'll drop the last piece on it tomorrow if I have time. Here's a couple pics for updates.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:30 PM   #18
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Got the bottom siliconed on and I'm waiting for that to cure and then I'll clean up the glass and do a leak test. I'm going on a fishing trip Wednesday and Thursday and will leak test it Friday.
The silicone was much more difficult than any caulking I've done so it didn't turn out as smooth as I wanted bit I'm happy as long as it holds water.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:47 PM   #19
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looking pretty good! You going to fix the hood on there to be permanent, or removable?

How certain are you that this tank will withstand the pressure from the water? How thick is the glass/acrylic?
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:40 PM   #20
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The top piece is glass and permanently mounted to the walls just like the real Edge tank.
The glass is 3/16 inch thick and it's from an old 20 gallon tank so I'm assuming/hoping it'll work like I want it to...
We shall see.
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