Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fayetteville, AR
The picture below is the idea I have. Excuse the bad 3D. I am not very good and I did this real quick. You should be able to get the idea though.
What I would like to build is a corner tank. All glass tanks that I have seen can be built with no frame. They are being held together entirely by the silicone. I was thinking of stealing some glass from a 40 breeder for the glass pieces. The front and back of the tank would become the two front sides, and the normal sides would stay there (using other tanks and dimensions could maybe work as well).
Anyway, I figured if it works for all glass, why wouldn't it work for a glass and plywood hybrid. That is if the silicone will stick as well to the plywood. If it doesn't stick as well (and I am assuming it isn't) but still sticks fairly well, I would still think this could work. By making the bottom and sides just a little longer than needed, I could screw/glue a piece of trim like wood to the plywood outside of the glass (the picure doesn't show the framing). This would create a frame around one side and the bottom of the sides, and a frame across the bottom of the front panels (since the front panels are attatched to glass sides, it should stil be just as strong there as a normal tank). The only issue, I think, is whether or not the water pressure would push the whole glass assembly loose. Again, the bottoms would be held in, but I just don't know if the silicon holding the side pieces would hook to the back wood well enough to keep the whole glass assembly from popping off.
I figure (with no proof to back it up) that the design should work no matter what if braces were added from the middle corner to both the back walls, but I would prefer that there be no brace at all, for ease of access and to keep light from being blocked.
SO, this was really long winded, but I wanted to make sure that you could see what I was talking about. Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated.
Last edited by im2smart4u; 04-11-2011 at 05:41 AM.
Reason: removed pic