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 07-22-2007, 05:16 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Aberdeen, WA
Posts: 1,864
My DIY tank idea

It isn;t really that much different than the norm but after seeing the one thread about the tank exploding I thought I would ask and see if my idea is feasible.

The basics are the same, the glass is all siliconed together the same way but on each corner I have a piece of framing made out of wood that is also siliconed to glass. This provides a support for the edges and sides and also keep one from hitting the corners just right and breaking the tank that way. It also allows me to customize hom high I make the supports in order to hide the substrate and make it look as if the tank starts right at the top of the wood and not see all the gravel underneath.

I just need to know if there is any reason why having wood touch the glass on the bottom wether inside the sides or not would lead to catastophic failure? I would have foam under it to support the glass like I have heard will work.

Anyone have any idea if this will work or not?
__________________

__________________
fish_4_all is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2007, 06:33 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 477
That is how one of my tanks is constructed. I believe it was built in the early 80's. No problems yet. It was a salt water reef tank for 10 plus years then garage kept. I have had it set up as freshwater tank for around 2 years now.
__________________

__________________
Lepomis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2007, 10:04 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sicklid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Brandon, FL
Posts: 1,050
I would say if you can seal the wood with a marine varnish/polyurethane first, even on the side you are putting against the glass, you should be fine... sounds like it will look nice!
__________________
Sicklid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2007, 10:16 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ezy33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: San Francisco's Barbary Coast
Posts: 2,545
Send a message via ICQ to ezy33
Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I assumed that the glass was super glued then siliconed to seal. And the bottom is tempered glass.
__________________
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
ezy33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2007, 11:24 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
CHBGator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 112
Nope the silicone is what holds it together long with in most cases the plastic frame.
__________________
Ohio Fish Keepers
CHBGator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2007, 12:39 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sicklid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Brandon, FL
Posts: 1,050
If you look really really closely at the joint of many glass tanks, the glass panels do not actually touch... this is because the silicone bead needs to be a certain thickness to actually work... if the sides are pressed to hard together, and too much silicone squeezes out, it will not be as strong as if there is a 1/32" bead of silicone there.
__________________

__________________
Sicklid is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diy, tan

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
Idea for new DIY large tank RazorbacksFan DIY Projects 9 07-21-2009 09:17 AM
DIY Denitrator Idea? Wallace DIY Projects 11 09-07-2006 12:34 PM
DIY Chiller idea??'s mkobu DIY Projects 3 07-06-2006 05:44 PM
DIY Chiller Idea flanque DIY Projects 9 07-06-2006 04:52 PM
another fuge idea (diy) greatgman General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 8 12-11-2004 08:09 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:39 AM.


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