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Old 07-01-2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Regarding building an all glass 100 gallon aquarium

I want to buy a 100gallon+ aquarium but there are no retailers in my area who stock them. The closest would be a five hour commute which is out of the question. Today I called a local "glass smith", I'm not sure what they are actually called, and the person with whom I spoke said they could build the aquarium but not the frame. I told them I would find a frame suitable for this application and get back to them. That said, does any one know a good resource for purchasing aquarium frames? I would prefer one made from all steele with good bracing. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-01-2005, 02:01 AM   #2
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see if you cant find All-Glass's support number.. its probibly on there website.. and ask for replacement frames for the size tank you want to build.. someone in DIY was talking about how they ordered a top replacement frame for a 55 for like $15 so they dont sound too expensive..
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Old 07-01-2005, 10:56 PM   #3
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Could you elborate a bit please? Maybe give me a link or something to work with?

Thanks a biliion!

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Old 07-03-2005, 01:34 AM   #4
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You could e-mail them and ask about the replacement trim parts.. info@all-glass.com

Building the tank to there size specs would be nessisary.. you might want to order the trim first to make sure that your building the tank to fit them.. the size tanks they make are at this link..
http://www.all-glass.com/services/index.html
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* Exact outside dimensions including aquarium frame.

This should be possible with a different aquarium brand.. like Oceanic!
there e-mail is customerservice@oceanicsystems.com
the only problem I see with that is Oceanic uses the next bigest thickness in glass then what is nessasary.. Im not sure you would want the extra expence..
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Old 07-04-2005, 12:10 PM   #5
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Just to add, steel is not necessary as bracing for an aquarium. The silicone used to glue the tank together, is more than adequate to hold it together. However, I find it odd that no retailer will order a tank of the size you want. It is usually cheaper to buy a prebuilt tank with warranty, than to buy the glass and do it yourself, or have it custom built. I have built a number of tanks, but only because the glass was free.
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Old 07-06-2005, 03:11 AM   #6
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I live on Cape Breton Island. There is ONE pet store that doesn't stock any aquarium equipment and 2 WalMarts so I am pretty much ***edited***. I'll have to have the beast custom made.

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Old 07-06-2005, 05:42 AM   #7
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AquaJoe......
Did you have any luck getting ahold of a aquarium maker to order some trim?
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By the way you can build a tank without the plastic trim.. you can use strips of glass for the top to support the sides.. have you checked out the GARF instructions in the DIY section?
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I'm certainly no expert, but I do know that the 'bow' stress on the front and back glass sheets can become a MAJOR issue if the length of the sheets starts getting up there. The major function of the top frame on a 'long' aquarium (i.e. 4 ft or longer) is to relieve the 'bow' stress on the glass by tying the tops of the front and back glass sheets together to prevent bowing. Even if the glue used to secure the front and back glass sheets to the end glass sheets is strong enough to stand the outward water pressure, the 'bow' stress without a support tying the tops of the front and back sheets together has got to be enormous.
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I'm certainly no expert, but I do know that the 'bow' stress on the front and back glass sheets can become a MAJOR issue if the length of the sheets starts getting up there. The major function of the top frame on a 'long' aquarium (i.e. 4 ft or longer) is to relieve the 'bow' stress on the glass by tying the tops of the front and back glass sheets together to prevent bowing. Even if the glue used to secure the front and back glass sheets to the end glass sheets is strong enough to stand the outward water pressure, the 'bow' stress without a support tying the tops of the front and back sheets together has got to be enormous.
in the all glass aquariums the top frame is made of glass.. thats what I was trying to say.. GARF.org has instructions on how to build all glass aquariums (with now plastic trim)... and all of the bow stress is on the bottom glass.. the bottom glass is elevated... and it is not advised to buid a aquarium longer then 8 feet.. yes, this sounds redicululas but the glass gets really thick(including the glass that is used for the top frame(wich is designed to be bonded on the opposite edges compared to the tank for added streagth)..
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