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Old 03-29-2013, 02:49 PM   #16
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no of course not... i'd even come hold the glass for ya if i was anywhere close by

it may even be worth picking up one of those silicone edgers to have a nice finished look, but i don't know if those allow for a big enough bead?
He might be able to diy his own edger if that one doesnt allow a big enough bead
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:54 PM   #17
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/28/13 *** glass arrived****

Well looks like lowes carries them.

Really a small bead would be fine as the silicone will be sandwiched between the edges first

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Old 03-29-2013, 03:03 PM   #18
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Yea I forgot to mention lowes has them...seen them the other day...right next to all the caulking material
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:05 AM   #19
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/28/13 *** glass arrived****

Not sure when I will actually get a chance to assemble the glass but worked on the stand got the hangers mounted for the light, got the top smoothed and leveled next will be staining




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Old 03-31-2013, 01:27 AM   #20
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awesome!
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:33 AM   #21
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Very nice bent hangars!

Now stop procrastinating and get the tank together so we can see.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:40 AM   #22
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/28/13 *** glass arrived****

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Very nice bent hangars!

Now stop procrastinating and get the tank together so we can see.
Believe me... It's not procrastination!! Lol it's married with 3 children and a wife working nights :P

Was going to do it Sunday... But some weird holiday got in the way

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:08 AM   #23
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/30/13

Ok ok I know everyone is waiting for the glass... Sadly this is not that update. But it's pretty much the completed stand the only things left on the stand will be some outlets mounted underneath and some side panels.





Some par data, looks like I inadvertently am going high tech again lol

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Right(higher due to white wall)

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One step closer....

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Old 04-13-2013, 08:53 PM   #24
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 4/8/13

Well the glass assembly went fairly well... Almost perfect.. Except the front PAIN yes thats an intentional, I had all the glass assembled and started looking at the seams, all around the front bottom and the right side had bubbles that wouldn't squeeze out, so didn't feel like taking a chance on it, so I took the front pane off cleaned up some of the excess and going to let it all cure, then go back and clean the front and redo it, I will be able to turn the tank on end and work it that way. Just more time... Lots of cleaning to do, but I figured excess silicone can be shaved off.. But a lot harder to add to!!















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Old 04-13-2013, 11:27 PM   #25
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Default Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 4/13/13

Sick so far, look forward to seeing more updates
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:14 AM   #26
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Awesome update man... love how you took the time to step back and take some pics...im sure we all appreciate that
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 4/13/13

Thanks guys I really appreciate it, one thing I did learn, the silicone adhesives, in this case rtv108 in this case is a lot thicker than regular silicone. Was amazed how much pressure I had to put on the panes to squeeze them together!

Putting that much glass together is a little intimidating!

It's easy to step back and take photos when this is the most drawn out build I have ever done

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #28
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Default Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 4/13/13

Ok, finally got around to getting the glass cleaned up and the front pane on... Definitely room for learning. Most of the seams look ok, some bubbles but nothing large Or constant enough to really worry. I hope.

The water test a week from now should tell all I suppose. Little nerve wracked the thought of tearing it apart and redoing it all... Not super appealing.

Also got the internal sump portion put together






Wish me luck :-/

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:55 AM   #29
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Default Re: (Theres water!) Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 05/01/13

The moment everyone has been waiting for.... Water... Not going to lie... Nervous as hell!! That and my porch isn't so level....








Now the part that is worrying me....
Noticed this on guess what the front pane... It's weird because a 1/4" from the bottom it's fine... Then this line comes from the top possibly this section hadn't cured... However this stuff cures by moisture. So whatever going to let it ride, it starts leaking? Just tear it down and start over :-/




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Old 05-02-2013, 01:32 PM   #30
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if you do have to take the frnt pane back off. you might try using less silicone. i know when re siliconed my daughter's terrarium the more i used, the more bubbles i got
so after my 3rd attempt its got some pretty nice seems now

oh yeah, and it looks like the two hole shsould handle the water flow quiet nicely

on a side note, the water looks so nice in that glass!!!!!!!!
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