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DIY aquarium silicone seam question!

Hey all, so I was planning on taking the glass from a 55 gallon aquarium that I've had in my shed for a few years and turning into a few nano cube aquariums. Currently I'm planning on making them 12x12x12 cubes using what i believe is 1/4 inch glass so I'm not worried about the strength of the glass and I've seen a bunch of videos and read a lot on how to build aquariums. My question is about the silicone. After I silicone the pieces together, should i run an additional seam of silicone on the corners like most commercial aquariums have or would they be fine with just the silicone holding the pieces to each other?
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Hey all, so I was planning on taking the glass from a 55 gallon aquarium that I've had in my shed for a few years and turning into a few nano cube aquariums. Currently I'm planning on making them 12x12x12 cubes using what i believe is 1/4 inch glass so I'm not worried about the strength of the glass and I've seen a bunch of videos and read a lot on how to build aquariums. My question is about the silicone. After I silicone the pieces together, should i run an additional seam of silicone on the corners like most commercial aquariums have or would they be fine with just the silicone holding the pieces to each other?
in case you do it right and there is no air bubbles trapped between the joints, I don't see any reason why it should not work.

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Additional silicon is unnecessary if the seam is clean. All your strength comes from that.

I feel like Aqueon, TopFin, etc. add all that extra silicon because they know their seams are done poorly and add extra as insurance.

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I would run that extra bead myself. You sure that the glass is not tempered?

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