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Old 05-27-2015, 11:14 PM   #1
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did acyclic aquarium.


Okay, so as the title stats I plan on making a nano aquarium for my lady friends birthday. She wants her own little planted jungle and some shrimp. I'm aware of cost of material vs buying. I just like the idea of building stuff myself.
My first question is, could a 12x12x10 rimless be doable with 1/4" acylic or would it bow and be super sketchy.
Next question, can I seal the tank with silicone or is solvent the only way?
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:54 PM   #2
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Solvent, and how are you going to cut it?
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:11 AM   #3
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read this
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...c_aquarium.php
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Solvent, and how are you going to cut it?
So silicone is completely out of the question?
And it'll be cut on a band saw with the guide, than sanded, than flame polished.
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Make sure you buy the right version of Weld-on.

A bandsaw cut won't cut it. Buy or find a 40 tooth or better tablesaw blade.

Yes, silicone is completely out of the question.

This is a popular SW DIY project. Google it and you'll most likely end up there or a YT vid.

1/4" should work fine at those dimensions, but warm water will make it bow in time. That's why you don't see many rimless acrylics. Even with tops they "bubble out" to some extent instead of bowing.
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Make sure you buy the right version of Weld-on.

A bandsaw cut won't cut it. Buy or find a 40 tooth or better tablesaw blade.

Yes, silicone is completely out of the question.

This is a popular SW DIY project. Google it and you'll most likely end up there or a YT vid.

1/4" should work fine at those dimensions, but warm water will make it bow in time. That's why you don't see many rimless acrylics. Even with tops they "bubble out" to some extent instead of bowing.
So in your opinion would it be a better alternative to use glass, as to not get a blow out or bulge?
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glass will definitely bow less.
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glass will definitely bow less.
So than will 1/4" glass be fine rimless.
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So in your opinion would it be a better alternative to use glass, as to not get a blow out or bulge?
At those dimensions, I would go with glass. One of the biggest reasons people go acrylic is weight and they just deal with the bowing and scratches. At those dimensions it's not even a factor. You wouldn't even need any of the better silicone adhesives. I don't use the GE sealants from the box stores very much, but I wouldn't sweat using them for something like this. If you've never worked with silicone and painter's tape, practice on some window pane scraps. There's a handful of really awesome YT vids out there now that'll walk you through.
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i hope im not hijacking the thread but does anyone know of a good place to get 1/4 glass? im looking at making 10x10 cubes?. i figured this wasn't a bad place to post since it's pretty much the same topic
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