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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 08-26-2020, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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(DIY)30G Breeder

Welp, here we go again. Plan is to try my hand at a Dutch-Style scape. It'll be months before I get it up and running. Still have to water test the tank overnight etc.

Substrate : Miracle-Gro Raised Garden Bed Soil. Capped with 1240 Black Diamond blasting sand 'Medium grit'.
Hardscape : N/A
Lighting : Undecided but will go >80 par
Co2 : Yes(I'm looking at another Ista Turbo Reactor)
Filter : Eheim eco pro 2236 (This is what got me started)
Flora : Whatever I have in my 22 gallon
Fauna : Undecided

Tank : 36x18x12 (35.5x18x11.75 inner dimensions) Roughly 32 gallons.

Almost got a 40 Breeder. But I've been spoiled with rimless lately. I had extra 36x12x12 1/4" glass from my previous builds. Had to order the bottom 36x18 and the two front/back braces 36x3 from a local glass shop. Here's the Mock-up and then the finished product.




Also built the stand. I used 1" thick wood so it's not very heavy. 1/2" ply for the top and edge glued board for the bottom shelf. I'm very partial to Danish oil so that's what went on there at the end.




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Gorgeous, the tank and the stand! Looking forward to seeing this one scaped!
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Gorgeous, the tank and the stand! Looking forward to seeing this one scaped!
Thanks! Don't hold your breath though. Still trying to figure it all out in my head. Hoping that I can gather most everything in the upcoming months.


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Very nice build!
how much did you spend on the glass? what silicone did you use?

did you get the edges polished?

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Very nice build!
how much did you spend on the glass? what silicone did you use?

did you get the edges polished?
Hello. Here at my local glass shop its $6.95/sqft of 1/4" glass and they charge extra for seamed edges. So the bottom sheet(35.5x18) and the 2 braces(36x3) it came out to about $68.

The 36x12 sheets I found on craigslist. So I used those for the front, back and sides. I cut one sheet of the 36x12 directly in half so I can get 2 sheets of 18x12s for the sides. I wet sanded the sharp edges under water with 400 grit sandpaper. I wrapped the sandpaper around a piece of wood so I don't accidentally cut myself.

I used GE Silicone 1. I did the silicone injection method. They have tutorials on Youtube.


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I waited about a week for the silicone to cure. So I decided to do an overnight water test on my tank.



I kept water all night. I should probably test it some more, but I feel confident that it will be fine. Only time will tell. Here's the tank on the stand.



I'll move it to its new location most likely this weekend.


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Went home for lunch to meet up with some insurance adjusters. Or so I thought. We had some hailstorms here in Central Illinois nearly 2 months ago. We were hit twice in the same week.

Had the appointment setup for 10AM. Left work at 9:46 so I could make it on time. Arrived home and waited. I checked the time and looked outside, 10:20 and no one was there. So I contacted our adjuster only to find out they moved the inspection date to Sept 2nd. Good to know! Ah well. I did this since I had extra time.









I hope the paint adhered properly. I cleaned the glass surface with Acetone, let it dry and then proceeded to paint. It was dry enough to handle the tank before I had to go back to work.
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Looking good! I am jealous! I want a 30 breeder!
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Looking good! I am jealous! I want a 30 breeder!
Do it! We can journal 30's together haha.


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I just read up on your 22 Long! I'm looking forward to seeing this tank progress!
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This looks great! I have a tank with a similar foot print and Iím really loving all the surface area!

Iíll have to check out your other tank too!

Iím glad to see you going with dirt, I feel like you get great results.


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I just read up on your 22 Long! I'm looking forward to seeing this tank progress!
Thank you. I'll be updating the 22 journal probably next week.

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This looks great! I have a tank with a similar foot print and I’m really loving all the surface area!

I’ll have to check out your other tank too!

I’m glad to see you going with dirt, I feel like you get great results.


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First I need a house lol But I am working on that part!
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Very nice. Take your time doing that part for sure.


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