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DIY Aquarium - Little Help Please

Hello,

I want to build an aquarium and I have the following questions:

1. Length 60cm and width 30cm what height would look/work better?

2. Do I put the glasses together with special glue or with silicon?

3. Do I place the 4 sides on to the base or on the sides of the base?

4. Will 5mm of glass hold or do I need to use 6mm glass?

5. Should the base glass be thicker than the rest?

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Hello,

I want to build an aquarium and I have the following questions:

1. Length 60cm and width 30cm what height would look/work better?
u decide

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2. Do I put the glasses together with special glue or with silicon?
silicone

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3. Do I place the 4 sides on to the base or on the sides of the base?
on the base

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4. Will 5mm of glass hold or do I need to use 6mm glass?
5mm but depends on question #1

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5. Should the base glass be thicker than the rest?
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i have to respectfully disagree with optix. with respect to #3, those pieces should be siliconed to the side of the base, not on top of it. something about silicone having poor sheer strength and relatively good tensile strength. i believe ada tanks have sides around the base. check out these videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuC9TXrDqbM&NR=1 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URF8z...eature=related. dude in the second one is amazing.
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What glass thickness would be best for a rimeless 60x30x45 tank?
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i have to respectfully disagree with optix. with respect to #3, those pieces should be siliconed to the side of the base, not on top of it. something about silicone having poor sheer strength and relatively good tensile strength. i believe ada tanks have sides around the base. check out these videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuC9TXrDqbM&NR=1 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URF8z...eature=related. dude in the second one is amazing.
I agree, it will hold much stronger around the base vs on top, for the exact reasons stated here.

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What size should I order for my 5 pieces of glass if the thickness is 6mm and I will stick them at the sides of the base glass so as to end up with a tank 60cmx30cmx45cm?

Do I take into account the silicon as well? Will it take up any thickness in the overall build?
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yiannis, some basic math will help you to work out the dimensions.

if your going in cm's and you want a 60cm tank the base will need to be 2x the side glass thickness shorter...plus maybe a millimeter or 2 for silicone thickness. (anyone?) so if you use 5mm glass your base will be 59cm or 58.8cm (to allow silicone)

0.5cm+59cm+0.5cm = 60


i am fairly certain the longest/biggest panel of glass will be the front and back. these should be the full 60cm x 45cm (or whatever height you decide.)

so assuming 6mm glass

Front/back glass = 60x45
sides = 28.8 (or28.6/7 to allow silicone) x 45
base = 58.8 (58.6/7 silcone) x 28.8

this i gives the basic idea, but someone with more knowledge of silicone depth might want to chime in here and give us more.

otherwise experiment.... or get a tank builder to do it right first time!

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yiannis, some basic math will help you to work out the dimensions.

if your going in cm's and you want a 60cm tank the base will need to be 2x the side glass thickness shorter...plus maybe a millimeter or 2 for silicone thickness. (anyone?) so if you use 5mm glass your base will be 59cm or 58.8cm (to allow silicone)

0.5cm+59cm+0.5cm = 60


i am fairly certain the longest/biggest panel of glass will be the front and back. these should be the full 60cm x 45cm (or whatever height you decide.)

so assuming 6mm glass

Front/back glass = 60x45
sides = 28.8 (or28.6/7 to allow silicone) x 45
base = 58.8 (58.6/7 silcone) x 28.8

this i gives the basic idea, but someone with more knowledge of silicone depth might want to chime in here and give us more.

otherwise experiment.... or get a tank builder to do it right first time!
i'm not sure if the silicone thickness matters that much in the overall dimension; glasscutters probably can't guarantee a cut to the exact mm.

check out the first video i linked. at the 5:33 mark, it shows the thickness of the silicone seam. looks to be about 1/8 the thickness of the glass. don't know thickness of the glass he used, but it gives you a relative idea of the amount of silicone. note too that the tank showed some bulging during the leak test.

finally, imo, you should make the tank a little wider than 30cm. something like 60X40X40?
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