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Exclamation another home made tank(pics updated 2-5-2010)

well i wanted a smaller fish tank next to my computer as i am on here like 24/7 i wants to make a small one... its 12x12x12...i cut all my own pieces of glass and did everything by myself... i just started it yesterday (jan 28, 2010) i siliconed it to gather today the 29th. the only other tank i have in this room is a 75G with 4 piranhas so am think about putting some shrimp in this one just for show. well here are some pics i got together off my phone so im not to sure how they will come about... i will do updates about every other day or so untill it just gets boring....
first picture is my glass cutter and grinder.
second and third are just the tank while i wait for the silicon to dry...
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that was a fast respond haha thanks... i hope to get one more picture up today of where i will be putting the tank

there it is right where i want to keep it... i might my a canopy of it just because i am not keeping the light that is there on the tank im getting some others... well please give me some advice on fish/plants/ shrimp... thanks
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what a great little cube.
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i hate regular mountain dew but thats all we had haha i only like code red... and thanks it fits amazing in its spot!!!
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awesome tank maybe a simple rock some sort of foreground and shrimp and or some neon tetras or cardinal tetras since they tent to be a little bit smaller. I'm going to be building something like this later on as well keep us updated
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Awesome idea,

Have you built any of your own tanks before? If so how did they turn out?

I'd love a tank that size on my computer desk.


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nsktliner-25..... you read my mined haha i was thinking those same things...
and topfrog007 i think i have build like 7 tanks and this was my worst one haha i messed up i think 2 times and siliconing it together but i am done now and i think it came out really good... it you want to see some of my other work just e-mail me at [email protected] i think i only have 2 other that i have made right now... i took all the other apart
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Does regular sandpaper work for smoothing off the edges? I've got a few broken 10 gallons I've thought about using.


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yea that does work... most people say wet sand it but it will just destroy the sand paper so dont wet sand it... just be carful... it also doesnt matter what gain you use 100 or 250 it all does it the same just faster or slower
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I like using a sharpening stone, like carborundum or silicon carbide, for smoothing the cut edges. When I tried sandpaper the glass tore up the paper too easily.

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yea hoppy is correct... pretty much anything will work... you just have to be smart about it...


well i put water in it tonight and its water tight(let the cycling begin) luckily i had a filter that has been running in a tank i had to take down soon so i did the today and took the filter and stuck it in this one... i think it came out pretty good!! ALL COMMENTS NEEDED (good or bad)
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More substrate and a third rock .
As for rock placement, I cant help ya! Nice tank by the way.


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yea thats all the sand i have haha why did i only save that much from my last tank? no one will know... and i think the only other rock that kind i have is HUGE like 16x8 possibly bigger... just remember this tank is 12x12x12 inches
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Split one of those in half then , I only say add another rock to help balance the tank. 3 pieces would look more visually appealing. I love the size of this tank, Id like to try and make a few myself this year.


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