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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Is this feasible?

I have recently removed several louvered windows from my house, as a result I have a lot of 4" wide panels of 3/16" glass. I was thinking of making some nano tanks with a total size of 24"x4"x4", with 6" of the length being a built in sump. Building a hood with an 18" T8 for lighting and running it on a very small powerhead. With a total volume of about 1.25 gallons, 1 gallon in the display of the tank, what could I grow in it? Is there any possibility of keeping any livestock, a few shrimp or snails?

Just wanting to bounce the idea off of everyone. I would appreciate any feedback.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 04:31 AM
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hmm 1 gallon is about the smallest I'd be willing to put shrimp in. Snails are probably so oblivious it wouldn't matter what size tank they were in.
You could grow algae for sure in such a shallow tank. HC or Dwarf Hairgrass, might look cool but I mean that's tiny so anything taller than HC might look silly. You could try some kind of Iwagumi looking set up, the rocks wouldnt have to be that large.
Moss would be cool too.
You presumably wont be putting co2 in here so scratch HC, and probably scratch DHG. Moss though..
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what if you did some submersed plants in the tank. I have not done it myself but I hear anubias and some swords grow well above the water line. Make sure you post pictures. and if you still have some glass left over I would love to take some off of your hands if your willing to ship it.

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If all your panels are exactly the same size they won't line up right to make a box. Pretty sure about that. Sometimes my brain doesn't do math after 9pm... lol. You could cut some of them down to make it work.
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If all your panels are exactly the same size they won't line up right to make a box. Pretty sure about that. Sometimes my brain doesn't do math after 9pm... lol. You could cut some of them down to make it work.
Your fine, don't worry mine still functions until 11pm but yeah you would need three different sized glass to make it work. Cutting glass isn't hard, but cutting perfect straight edges is a different monster. If you do try it out post some pix.

Well the snail trap is not working. Maybe wrong bait. I did not have cucumber or cabbage at home so I put some banana instead but they all climb to the wall of the tank. Maybe they know it is a trap. Will try one more night and observe. This time with cucumber which is recommended. ~ CHUNTC
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I'd actually say cutting in any way other than perfectly straight is the difficult part of cutting glass. As long as your score line is straight the glass will break exactly on the score line.
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I'd actually say cutting in any way other than perfectly straight is the difficult part of cutting glass. As long as your score line is straight the glass will break exactly on the score line.
True. I guess what I meant was that I have taken plenty of sheets of glass and have tried my best to be precise in cutting two same pieces and still was off by a couple milli every time. I guess it's either the glass cutter or the one using the cutter...probably the latter one

Well the snail trap is not working. Maybe wrong bait. I did not have cucumber or cabbage at home so I put some banana instead but they all climb to the wall of the tank. Maybe they know it is a trap. Will try one more night and observe. This time with cucumber which is recommended. ~ CHUNTC
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Yea getting two pieces the same is difficult, I'm not patient enough to measure 5 times before I cut, so I have a bad habit of just laying one piece of glass on top of the other and just cutting, but somehow the two pieces are always a different dimension.
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Cutting the pieces the same size won't be an issue. I plan on using a wet tile saw to make all of the needed cuts. I've made small tanks for saltwater in the past, I was just wondering how well plants/shrimp would do in this size of a tank. Any other thoughts on plants besides moss?
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how well does the tile saw wo0rk to cut you glass?

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I've never tried it myself but I've seen videos of glass bottles being cut on instructables. It's not a good idea with thin panes of glass but this stuff is thick enough that I don't think it will be an issue.

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Well I've cut the glass with the tile saw and for the most part it worked well. If you don't keep the glass perpendicular to the blade things tend to crack where you don't want them to. I actually did the silicone last night and tomorrow I will fill it for a leak test. Assuming it holds, I'll have pics up tomorrow at some point.
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Pretty interested to see some pics. You can tell me all about it tomorrow when we meet up...
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