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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-17-2011, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Talking FINALLYYYYY I DIYed mine :-)

Helloooo guys,
after too many questions, finally I did it.
it is a 75 x 35 x 45 cm 8mm tempred glass.
I finished siliconing it yesterday and waiting the 48H to fill it for the first time. Here are the first images, excuse the low quality.
What do you think as a start?? did I succeed??
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-17-2011, 10:10 AM
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What do you think as a start?? did I succeed??
Time will tell if it holds water. Good job with the DIY!
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Why tempered glass?


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That looks very good! With tempered glass it certainly won't break from the water pressure. But, tap it with a hard sharp object and it will literally explode!

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I would be really concerned that the glass is tempered.
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Tempered glass is stronger. Tap any glass too hard with a sharp object and it will break apart with disastrous results. I'd say the tempered glass would hold up better to impacts as that is what it was designed to do.

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Tempered glass is stronger. Tap any glass too hard with a sharp object and it will break apart with disastrous results. I'd say the tempered glass would hold up better to impacts as that is what it was designed to do.

Tempered glass is stronger, but not if hit on the corner of the glass. If you hit the corner of a piece of glass that is not tempered it will crack or chip a little, and depending on how hard it was hit may or may not cause a problem. Take that same force hitting the corner of a piece of tempered glass and the whole sheet explodes into thousands of pieces causing a big problem.

When I was in high school I worked at a glass shop, my job the entire summer was to take apart windows and dispose of the glass and recycle the aluminum. It was amazing the amount of force it took to put a hammer through the center of a piece of tempered glass. And equally amazing how little force it took to break a piece of tempered glass when taping a corner.
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that looks very nice, if all ends up well, you could be selling tank of that size or alot smaller, like the ada tanks. i like it
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As long as no one is banging your aquarium with hammers you should be fine.


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As long as no one is banging your aquarium with hammers you should be fine.
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As long as no one is banging your aquarium with hammers you should be fine.
i guess i should change my plans for the weekend?

nice looking DIY, now im interested how its going to hold up to all that pressure with water in it over a period of time.
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Thanx Guys, today I'll give it the first fill. I already cleaned it from unwanted silicon. Thats why I chose tempred glass, just beeing afraid to explode and yes, maybe I should be more careful not hitting the corners. I wonder if i can put any protection (not rims). anyway, it looks good and I am happy with it as a first DIY tank ever :-).
I would like to thank everyone in this Forum since I learned alot to give it a try.
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I'm sure hammers won't pose a threat to the aquarium, but small accidents such as accidentally dropping the light or your aquatic-tools during a waterchange/maintenance is more probable. I'm guessing it's as dangerous as a hammer.

I love the black silicone edges. Have fun scaping the tank.

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This may sound stupid but you know the clear plastic wall edge protectors will do the trick. It has a clear adhesive and you can pretty much feel safe that those casual encounters with the edge of the glass will not end up in a catastrophe.

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As long as no one is banging your aquarium with hammers you should be fine.
Well to each his own I suppose. Im just trying to help the guy out and make sure he doesnt have a large amount of water on his floor when he drops something on top of the tank.
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