Planted Tank VIP
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Ok, it's been a long weekend! Sorry I havent' gotten to your questions sooner!
First of all, thanks for the compliments. Makes a man proud, hehe.
1) Nino: I am definitely planning a bigger acrylic tank soon. I just need to get my hands on some better 1/4" acrylic. The stuff at Home Depot is only good enough for little tanks like this.
2) Hubba: One of my first DIY Acrylic tanks, I painted the back black with spray paint but for some reason it caused the acrylic to crack. For this one, I just used black posterboard.
Also, this is only 1/8" acrylic. I get a little bit of a bow on the back panel but not much.
3) Tony: Fishyboy is right - I bent the front panel with a Heat Gun. It's really not too hard at all.
First I laid the front panel flat on a workbench and marked off the front and side pane lengths. It was a 33" panel so I decided to use 13" for the width and 10" for each of the sides. I ran the heat along the marked line and then lifted the side pane with a flat piece of wood (naturally, to keep the side pane flat). I used a right angle to set the flat piece of wood perpendicular to the workbench and let it cool. Repeat for the other side.
Then I welded the front/sides bent piece to the bottom with Weldon 4. I lined up the rear edges but left the bottom piece 1/4" larger on the front and sides so I could clean off the edges afterwards with a router.
After that cured, I welded the assembly to the back pane. Once again, I left an overhang so I could clean the edges up with a flush-cut router bit.
I let it cure for a week before routering the edges and it came out pretty clean, even though I had to do a little bit of sanding/polishing on a few edges.
Buck: I've got four gorgeous Leopard Fancy Guppies in there with the Betta right now! He chases them around a bit, but never really catches them. They do keep him from sleeping around on the ground all day, though!
Peter: I got the lamp in the aisle where they keep all the desks and desk lamps and such. I got it a few years ago so they don't have this particular style any more but I was able to find a replacement bulb there for it just a few months ago so they still have similar styles with that 13 watt PL style 6500K bulb.
- Sam P -
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