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Here's some pictures of the work. It gives a decent idea of how I did it. I wanted to take more pictures but I accidentally popped a hole in one of the tubes of silicone and it got messy quick. So I hope you get the jist if not ill answer any questions.

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It's all done they just need to cure for 48 hours before holding water. Once the silicone has cured ill do a water check on it clean it up then start laying down substrate and plants.

I was thinking white sand. With one side clear but a few rocks then transition over to other side with some dwarf hair grass then into back 1/4 the "forest" with small drift wood pieces tied up with java moss.

Although i haven't commited to it yet.
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It will be fun to watch the progression, good luck.

I'm not new to fish or plants, but am new to planted tanks. It is fun to learn new things and plantedtank.net is a great place to do it.
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i have a feeling that your tank is going to be algae ridden even with the shrimp in it. and with such a small size its going to warm up quite a bit just being in direct sunlight.
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What kind of silicone did you use? I'm trying to find one that is "aquarium safe" if not I'm going with the first one I can grab

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GE silicone 1 is safe for aquarium use. Just remember to let it cure for a long time to be sure. Once the vinegar smell is gone then you are good. I waited a week or so to be completely sure. No problems since GE 1 has no mold inhibitors; GE 2 does have them. Make sure you pick a silicone without mold inhibitors or you'll be in for a bad day haha
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If there is a petco or petsmart near you they sell it if not any hardware store has 100 percen silicone. Just make sure it doesn't have any mildew resistant properties. The kitchen and bath silicone is bad don't use it. I used a kind that had aquarium safe lable. The GE type I or II is good but no one had it around me.
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I saw some at Petco yesterday, you should try there. It was near the siphons and dechlorinator bottles.

Also, what did you search for to find the glass place? And is it low-iron glass, or just regular?
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They also have one in home depot. I can't remember what its called, but its green and says right on the front aquarium safe in big yellow letters.
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I just googled window repair for my town, make sure you call more than one store. First guy I called quoted $35 the next two qouted $15. It's normal window glass. All mass produced small glass tanks are just regular plain window glass. The rule for thickness is a base 1/16th" then another 1/16th for every 2 feet of hight. I used 1/8" thick glass because the cost was so low I figured the extra thickness would be better.
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Here's a picture of the silicone.

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