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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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1st Shrimp tank complete diy 56k

So I'm building my first tank from scratch. It's going to be for shrimp probably red cherries so if i kill them I wont be out 100 bucks. Here are some pics of the tank I just finished gluing up.





This tank will be built into a cabinet with diy led lighting

Any comments or suggestion would be greatly appreciated

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Filtration? Good luck. Looks cool
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Filtration will be a marina s10 its the only filter that's slim enough that I could find.
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Looks nice! Where'd you get the glass to build it with? What kind of silicone did you use to hold it together? Would love to do that someday as well! Best of luck!
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Its actually acrylic that I got from Wayside glass in marlborough, ma. I glued it together with methylene chloride.
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How did you hold the tank together while you were gluing it?
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Electrical tape and bar clamps, you don't want to squeeze the joints too tight or the solvent won't flow into the joint.
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Went to the LFS today and picked up some stones for this tank. I think the big one might be a little too big. Let me know what you guys think.





I also got my led parts in the mail today, so I took an hour and wired them up

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Great job gluing that tank together. I wish I could do some DIY projects but don't have the time or money since I'm still in college :X How large is that tank do you suppose? I feel like you're removing maybe 1/5 of the water if you use that larger rock. Maybe get some longer driftwood if you want to take up more vertical space in the tank?
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The tank is 8 3/4" wide 9 1/4" deep and 9 1/4" tall. I think I'm going to have a mason friend of mine split the big rock a little smaller, or I might leave it the way it is. I'll have to sleep on it.
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So I got home and saw that the ups guy had left me a present, my filter and Fluval Shrimp Stratum. I spent a couple of minutes and got the tank installed where It's going to live. Here are a few pics



And one showing the LED's

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Awesome. I envy your DYI skills!

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Awesome. I envy your DYI skills!
Thanks, I can only hope the inside of the tank will one day look as nice as your tanks.
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Its actually acrylic that I got from Wayside glass in marlborough, ma. I glued it together with methylene chloride.
That's great! I actually live in Boston. May I ask how much the materials were to build the aquarium? I'd love to be able to build my own tanks at some point...

The stand and lights also look great!
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The acrylic was around $60. I know I could have found it cheaper elsewhere but I didn't want to have to drive all over Mass looking for it.
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