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Ky's 8x8x10 tank journal

We're starting from the very beginning with this one. I just got done with the silicone.





I plan on framing the top and bottom with this aluminum.


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Sleek job. I like the aluminum. Gives it a contemporary feel.
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I've removed the tape and cut and dry fit the aluminum. Now should I weld the aluminum or just glue it?



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If you have the skill to make nice weld, I would surely weld it before gluing it. That would look very nice.

What thickness of glass did you use?
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Looks pretty neat so far!

Won't welding discolor the metal? Unless you're planning on painting the frame afterwards, it might be more practical to silicone it together.
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If you can weld a skinny little piece of aluminum, then that would be coolest IMO. I've never welded anything before - let alone aluminum - but I would guess that it would be extremely difficult.

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Won't welding discolor the metal?
Aluminum does not corrode/oxidize like steel does. So a good aluminum weld looks really nice without needing to be painted.

Awesome tank, Ky. That aluminum is a nice touch.
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If you can weld a skinny little piece of aluminum, then that would be coolest IMO. I've never welded anything before - let alone aluminum - but I would guess that it would be extremely difficult.

Aluminum does not corrode/oxidize like steel does. So a good aluminum weld looks really nice without needing to be painted.

Awesome tank, Ky. That aluminum is a nice touch.
Actually aluminum oxidizes the instant it hits air, forming a thin layer of aluminum oxide that is impervious to most things. That's why it doesn't rust.
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Great looking DIY you got going there. As for the question with the weld, unless you have done it before and got a tig your use to, either have a pro do it or glue it.

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What thickness of glass did you use?
I'm using single strength glass (3/32").
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Thanks for the link from utahaquatics

Since the tank is so small, I don't think you even need to frame it. Unless that's the look you're going for. I'm sure you've seen my 13" rimless thread (there's a link to it in the plant section of utahaquatics)

Looking good though!

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Since the tank is so small, I don't think you even need to frame it. Unless that's the look you're going for. I'm sure you've seen my 13" rimless thread (there's a link to it in the plant section of utahaquatics)
Looking good though!
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Thanks. The frame is for looks, to protect the glass, and to protect me from cutting myself.
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