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20 Long divided tank for Shrimp

Im creating a divided 20 gallon long tank. I am going to have different shrimp in each section.

Please excuse my silicone. I am going to clean it up with a razor after it cures. It was my first time doing silicone.

The glass panels are 11 3/4 by 11 1/2 Lowes will cut glass for free. The three panels all came from one 36x12 glass panel.

The black bar at the top of each section is a report binder from Staples.

I used GE Silicone #1
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Looks good. One thing I might have done was drill a hole in each pane then either use a bulkhead so water can flow or simply silicone a piece of window screen so I could run one filter for the tank and have more volume.
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One thing I wonder. Did you get just regular window pane? If so I wonder how well it will be if you fill just one compartment and leave the other one next to it empty. That glass is mighty thin stuff.

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I did get regular window pane. It seemed to work fine when I filled up the sections. There was no leakage between them. I don't intend to leave it so that one section has water and the next doesn't so I don't see that being a long term issue.


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No flexing when only one was filled?

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You should be fine. Glass is much stronger than it gets credit for. Impact at a point or on an edge is what it cannot take. With you silicone on three sides of is spreading force over a large area. If you didnt, I would suggest you fill the caps with silicone and put back on. Since that would be the weakest link in this application the silicone will give extra heft there. Of course keeping them full will be the best.
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I didn't see any flexing at all. I did silicone all three sides.
I also intend to keep all four sections full.
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Nice. If you have any concern should you need to drain one just lower the ones next to it a bit . Hard to tell from my seat but that might be 1/8" glass? Window glass is 3 /32" .
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It is 3/32
I just checked the Lowes website for the stuff I got
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Gardner-Gla...-Glass/3121141


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So now the question is if someone asks how many tanks you have to you say one? Or 4?

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So now the question is if someone asks how many tanks you have to you say one? Or 4?

Perfect! I'll subdivide a 40B into 8 sections and tell my wife I'm downsizing from three shrimp tanks down to one

Only bummer part is that I doubt these are separated enough that in the event of a bacterial infection outbreak that it would prevent cross contamination.
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That looks really, really good if you ask me! The binder trim on the top edge adds a cool polished feel to it. The done pic in post #7 looks pretty pro IMO. Thanks for the write up, I'm doodling a rack of 10's and now you've got me thinking differently. Good timing, haha. Now the big question: What kind of shrimp are you planning for this?
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I don’t think there would be any cross contamination. When I filled the sections with water the water didn’t flow into the next section at all. They are totally separate.

I put cherries in one section and a female Betta in one section. I’m waiting for more age/cycle time to put something in the other two sections.

Hmmnnnn is it four tanks or one.... I’m going with one! So I have 8 tanks set up and one more 20long that I’m going to do this again.
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