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Old 10-13-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Thinking about building my own 10g tank, anyone with experience/advice?


I really want a 10g rimless tank, but they're all extremely expensive in my area. I'm thinking a 10g isn't that big, so I'd be able to purchase the glass and make it myself for a lot cheaper. Also, it's going to be a shrimp tank, and I'd like to make it longer than it is tall. This will give me a chance to customize the shape.

Anyone have any helpful advice, tutorials, or have done this before? I've found theaquariumtools.com, which has provided some assistance.

I'm curious where I can get the glass, as well.
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You don't have a Walmart near you? They should have 10 gallon tanks for $10...
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They do, but I specifically want a rimless tank. It's going to be a focal point in a room as well as a breeder for my RCS. I'd get one and remove the rim, but they have a bottom rim that couldn't be removed without compromising the integrity of the tank.

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They do, but I specifically want a rimless tank. It's going to be a focal point in a room as well as a breeder for my RCS. I'd get one and remove the rim, but they have a bottom rim that couldn't be removed without compromising the integrity of the tank.
You can easily do this with a 2.5 gallon tank. Plenty have done it with a 10 gallon, too. It's not advisable, but possible.

There's a 90% chance that whatever you build yourself won't be half as structurally integral as a pre-made tank, anyway, let alone look as good.

Maybe look at the Mr. Aqua rimless tanks?
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You can easily do this with a 2.5 gallon tank. Plenty have done it with a 10 gallon, too. It's not advisable, but possible.

There's a 90% chance that whatever you build yourself won't be half as structurally integral as a pre-made tank, anyway, let alone look as good.

Maybe look at the Mr. Aqua rimless tanks?

Interesting, Marine Depot has a 11.4g for just $47. That's better than the $80 I was getting for a rimless 10g. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Interesting, Marine Depot has a 11.4g for just $47. That's better than the $80 I was getting for a rimless 10g. Thanks for the suggestion.
Marinedepot has some great shipping prices as well. Nice tanks, nice price
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I peeled the top and bottom plastic rims off of a 29 gallon tank with no problems so far, one year later.
I have the tank sitting on 1.5" of styrofoam to protect from any high spots that may exist in the plywood stand.
But then again this is an old tank. My newer 37 gallon tank has glass that is 1/8" thinner.
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I made a rimless 40g long breeder with nothing more than silicone and glass plates. It has been sitting for 3 years, no leaks or anything. It's segmented into 4 parts with glass. About 48 inches long and 12 high.

I recommend you build your 10g rimless, it'll cost you much less than any store can ever sell for.

However, I've had tanks leak. I recommend not being cheap with the silicone and being patient for the ENTIRE curing process. Clamps also prevent future leaks, I learned this through testing it.
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I made a rimless long 40g with nothing more than silicone and glass plates.

Has been sitting for 3 years, no leaks or anything.
Care to share how you put it together? I'm concerned with getting the angles correct/walls straight.
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You want to have a flat surface to work on. (duh)
Angling is no problem at all, especially since glass plates are straight. All you need to do it line them all up properly and you will have a perfectly straight tank.

Always attach the panels on top of the bottom panel, never on the sides.

The side panels should come first; because they're shorter they will be easier to hold in place.

The front and back panels should be attached also on top of the bottom panel, but you want the side panels to fit sandwiched in between the front and back panels, not the other way around.


I used 1/4 inch untempered glass; cut it exact and then grind down the edges to make it smooth.
Make sure to account for the space the silicone takes up, however miniscule it is.

Any silicone will work, but I used DAP Aquarium Silicone, as it's 100% silicone and nontoxic.
Always get non-toxic aquarium safe silicone.

USE CLAMPS! Duct tape also works, but you'd need assistance to hold and tape.

Work deliberately and slowly, don't force the glass into place, move it gently into place. If you force the glass and clamp it down, the tension when you release the clamp or fill it with water could cause the tank to come undone.

A final afterthought, don't ever move the panels after you've let the silicone begin curing. If you do, you might as well remove the entire panel and redo it, because you'll get a leak guaranteed.

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You can try plastic like in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNPNiIeAi5g
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