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Diy cube?

Hey everyone, not sure if this has been asked or if this will even get an answer but I'm looking to make my own cube, Don't like rims for my shrimp and ada do aqua tanks are un reasonable to me, So my plan is to build one myself, I know for the most part what to do as I have a glass pipe plumber for a brother but I don't know where I can get good enough plates of glass in orange county, I wouldn't mind buying online if someone knows where, Preferably thicker than common aquariums, but really any glass strong enough would be awesome, any help is greatly appreciated.
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http://www.marinedepot.com/Mr._Aqua_...FIAQRC-vi.html

46 bucks, and you can pick it up in orange county.....
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The yellow pages ought to have a ton of glass cutting places. You can also look for companies who do things like shower doors.
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Going to be working on dimensions soon, hopefully can get it to be around 10-15g, thanks for the lin xmas. will check it out.
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Again thanks so much for that link they have alot of what I need and they are very close by, I still plan on building my own but I might buy that one as well
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For a smaller tank, your costs after consumables could bring you very close to the cost of a pre-built tank. Unless you make multiple tanks, its hard to do it cheaper. Add up EVERYTHING you need before you buy the glass.

You'll need lots of things you might not think of at first like tape, razor blades, acetone, clamps (tape could work) paper to protect the glass, etc.

Just make sure you know what it'll run you.


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Most supplies I have, just need high grade silicone, clamps and glass, I would like to make more after my first, 2-4 tanks ranging 2g-15 but I want to do it myself because I have different dimension ideas, but thanks I'll make sure I calculate it with costs if i were to buy all the consumables again.
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If it helps, I did my best to make an instructional video on the matter.



My cost, here in Texas, was about $30, $25 was the 1/8 inch glass and getting it cut. In regards to the silicon, always look at the ingredients. As it cures, some will release ammonia, some will release a mildewcide which are very bad. Look at the safety label, it is required to say by law what it should off-gas as it cures. You want the one that off-gasses acetic acid or vinegar. I also recommend over building the bottom.

I hope you enjoy it!

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