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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thickness silicone layer DIY glass aquarium

Does anyone know how much I should subtract from the glass pane dimensions for the silicone layer?

I want to build my own Aquarium and order glass with the dimensions I need. However, I do not know if I should subtract anything for the thickness of the silicone layer.

For my sump the esthetics are less important and I plan to subtract 1 mm from the with of the dividers.

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Any of you help and suggestions are welcome.

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The actual silicone layer is going to be paper thin if done right. For a small project like this I would buy actual aquarium silicone instead of the GE stuff.
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To further what @GraphicGr8s said, it seems counterintuitive to use such a thin layer of silicon, but it's actually much stronger than if you use a thick layer. You end up with more flex and more pressure on the silicon if you make it too thick, and it will fail more easily.

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What many fail to account for is the thickness of the glass when cutting the side panels.

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@GraphicGr8s and @natemcnutty,

Thank you for your swift reply. Very helpful.

I will assume the effect of the silicone layer is negligible and obviously I'll subtract the thickness of the glass at the corners where necessary. I plan to use 1 mm (0.5 mm each side) for the dividers such that I can place the dividers and inject the silicone when the outside panels are already in place.

Time to order the glass

Thanks!

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