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Old 03-31-2013, 10:58 AM   #16
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Great work! Can you show how you bonded the acrylic pieces together?
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Love that scape!
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looks very nice and i love the dimensions. subscribed!
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Thank you all for the great comments! First time I just went for a scape and ended up being happy with it! Hope it stays that way..


Regarding how I put the acrylic together and sealed it, well acrylic requires a special kind of adhesive that essentially melts the two pieces together and seals it at a molecular level. Pretty much welding it together. The glue I used is highly viscous and has to be applied with a small gauge needle. This allows the glue to seep into the gaps between pieces.

Initially there were some minor leaks, but after going over the seams a couple times, it was completely sealed. Since the acrylic becomes essentially one piece, it is very strong structurally, and no silicone in sight!

I will post some pictures of the adhesive applicator for those that are interested. It takes a steady hand, but I have had some practice for school.
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Thank you all for the great comments! First time I just went for a scape and ended up being happy with it! Hope it stays that way..


Regarding how I put the acrylic together and sealed it, well acrylic requires a special kind of adhesive that essentially melts the two pieces together and seals it at a molecular level. Pretty much welding it together. The glue I used is highly viscous and has to be applied with a small gauge needle. This allows the glue to seep into the gaps between pieces.

Initially there were some minor leaks, but after going over the seams a couple times, it was completely sealed. Since the acrylic becomes essentially one piece, it is very strong structurally, and no silicone in sight!

I will post some pictures of the adhesive applicator for those that are interested. It takes a steady hand, but I have had some practice for school.
This is really cool! I have always liked acrylic more then glass. Can you also show what kind of clamps were used and how you made the angles perfect! Thanks! I'm tuned in!
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:44 AM   #21
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Default Fuze's 6G Custom Acrylic "ADA Killer"

Here are some shots taken today, clearing up!
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:46 AM   #22
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Default Fuze's 6G Custom Acrylic "ADA Killer"

For all those that inquired, here is the only tool I used to assembled this tank.

If you look on the first image, I have the tank taped together, already aligned. No clamps required. The pieces were laser cut so they fit together perfectly. The only thing I would suggest is that you use an elastic tape such as electric or blenderm, so the sides are pulled tight.

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Old 04-02-2013, 04:45 AM   #23
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Wow, impressive. I have been considering making an acrylic tank as I can get it laser cut for free if I beg hard enough. I think it's cool you did your take on the Aquasky but that is probably my least favorite ADA product from a purely design perspective, especially since the Solar for the same tanks looks so great.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:47 AM   #24
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LOL, now that is a thought!

I did not pay anything to cut this stuff, I am an architecture student so we have access to a 24x36 laser cutter on a daily basis. I drew up the file in about 5 minutes (pondering dimensions included) and it took another 5 or so for the machine to do its work!
To Be Continued...
Arch student myself, has always thought about laser cutting a tank but never happened. I'm surprised you have the time to do it while in Arch school. Is the tank in your studio?
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This is a great little tank. Nice to see more DIY jobs like this on the forum.

The fact that you're using Aquasoil and didn't cycle the tank is a concern, though, as you have added sensitive fish and shrimp to the tank. What are your parameters? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, et al.
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Your scape looks Suuhhhweeeet! I'm loving the DIYness of your build, the diy Aquasky is very innovative. Bonsai/tree scapes are some of my very favorite and yours looks to be quite impressive.

+1 to what somewhatshocked said, has the Aquasoil been cycled previously? If not, the ammonia levels will be far too high for the species you have in the tank, any fauna really.

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Arch student myself, has always thought about laser cutting a tank but never happened. I'm surprised you have the time to do it while in Arch school. Is the tank in your studio?
Haha, funny you say that, I normally wouldn't have the time, but I actually did this over my Spring break...


And no, the critters were only there temporarily while I cleaned out the holding tank. They are currently residing in a Deep Blue 2.3 gallon long while the aquasoil leeches crazy ammonia...

No way I am risking my babies!

The filter that I am running is a mature filter, and I am performing 1-2 water changes per day to keep ammonia down and prevent it from killing good stuff in the filter already.

I am getting some plants, some submersed and some emersed. Will update when I get to some plantings!!
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Phew! What a relief!

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uppppppdate upppppppdate upppppppdate!
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TAKE THIS ADA!!

note: I really have nothing against ADA, I just can not afford it! And I enjoy DIY.
Don't mess with ADA.. You wouldn't like ADA when it gets angry.

I like the acrylic work! And the scape even though Iwagumi does little for me, is interesting. I, sir, will follow this thread. Please update it with some regularity.

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