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Old 04-20-2011, 02:36 AM   #1
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Building a small rimless tank.. (15G)


Hey everyone,

As a DIY project and something I've wanted to try for some time now.

I want to try my hand at building a rimless tank. I'm already buying glass for another project...It'll cost about 25$...

Demensions would be 24"X12"X12"

I would be using 1/4" tempered glass

for sizes of glass i would do

(3X) 24"X12" (front, back, bottom)
(2X) 11 1/2" X 12" (sides)


does anyone see this being a problem?

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Old 04-20-2011, 03:14 AM   #2
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I'm no help, but where did you get your glass out of curiosity?
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:26 AM   #3
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I'm no help, but where did you get your glass out of curiosity?

Just a local glass shop about 20 minutes from my house.


This place does glass cutting by the sq ft ranging in sizes and what not.


www.glasscages.com

Why pay shipping though if you have a place locally?
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Anyone see a problem with using plain old plate glass? ADA uses plate glass in most of their small rimless tanks, I believe?

It's 1/4" glass which is pretty thick considering my 75G uses 3/8" glass
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Yes, that should work, I've been thinking about this for a while.

You should use masking tape to build the actual tank and hold it together, so you have an unshifting seam where you can run the silicone. Then I think you take your fingertip and run it along the silicone to gather excess (all in a straight line) and I've heard that rubbing alcohol is good for keeping the silicone from sticking to your fingers.

Good luck, and keep us posted on the tank! I wanna make a Mini-M this summer (well not really, just the same dimensions LOL) and the money I'll save on the tank can go towards making it high tech. Good luck!
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #6
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Yes, that should work, I've been thinking about this for a while.

You should use masking tape to build the actual tank and hold it together, so you have an unshifting seam where you can run the silicone. Then I think you take your fingertip and run it along the silicone to gather excess (all in a straight line) and I've heard that rubbing alcohol is good for keeping the silicone from sticking to your fingers.

Good luck, and keep us posted on the tank! I wanna make a Mini-M this summer (well not really, just the same dimensions LOL) and the money I'll save on the tank can go towards making it high tech. Good luck!

I have a couple pieces of glass from an old 20G tank that was taken apart. (It was 30 years old and at the time my dad wouldn't let me try to re-seal it.) So I have a few pieces to mess with! YAY!
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Hello Fishykid1;

from the measurements shown it appears that you will be setting the side glasses on top of the bottom glass.

the measurements as shown for the front, back and bottom is perfect, however, the side glasses should be 12 inches less the glass thickness on each side as this glass will be sandwiched in between the front and the back glass. the top side of the side glass too needs to be cut less the glass thickness as this will make it a rimless tank. However, you can add braces to your tank on the inside bottom flushed to the sides by gluing glass strips about an inch wide and say 30 inches in length to the front and back glass to the bottom glass and also to the sides maybe 1 inch by 20 inches. This will make the tank take the water pressure and will work well as a rimless tank.

Most important will be the sealing with the silicon glue. See to it the you apply quite liberally and after attaching the panes together tie them together from the outside by means of some elastic strapping and keep it tied for a day.

the next day run a beading of glue on the insides and evenly apply them with a gloved finger for smoothness.

Most important to remember in a rimless glass the effect is best seen if the water is right till the top (spill level).


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Hello Fishykid1;

from the measurements shown it appears that you will be setting the side glasses on top of the bottom glass.

the measurements as shown for the front, back and bottom is perfect, however, the side glasses should be 12 inches less the glass thickness on each side as this glass will be sandwiched in between the front and the back glass. the top side of the side glass too needs to be cut less the glass thickness as this will make it a rimless tank. However, you can add braces to your tank on the inside bottom flushed to the sides by gluing glass strips about an inch wide and say 30 inches in length to the front and back glass to the bottom glass and also to the sides maybe 1 inch by 20 inches. This will make the tank take the water pressure and will work well as a rimless tank.

Most important will be the sealing with the silicon glue. See to it the you apply quite liberally and after attaching the panes together tie them together from the outside by means of some elastic strapping and keep it tied for a day.

the next day run a beading of glue on the insides and evenly apply them with a gloved finger for smoothness.

Most important to remember in a rimless glass the effect is best seen if the water is right till the top (spill level).


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My measurements are minus the glass thickness... the tank bottom will be 12X24" the sides will be 12 - 1/2" (for both 1/4" pieces) = 11 1/2" x 12"tall.
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I just had an acrylic tank custom built to that exact size for me, cost me a *very* pretty penny tho, lot more than $25. ^^

Tank should be awesome when it's done, good luck!
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I just had an acrylic tank custom built to that exact size for me, cost me a *very* pretty penny tho, lot more than $25. ^^

Tank should be awesome when it's done, good luck!

I bet! Acrylic is expensive to begin with.

The guy is quoting me for some other glass too, so maybe I'll get a discount

I think these demensions will give a relatively nice layout. I may try out aqua-soil since it'll be a smaller tank... 2X3L bags should be plenty. I have pretty much everything else I need including light, filter, plants, and fish. Hopefully he can have the pieces cut today so I can possibly start building this tank before I have to go to TN... Parent permitting of course
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