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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there, so im in glueing aquarium that i wanted, and today all that silicone jobs and other things i think gone wrong. So my question is that to have about a 1 mm gap between galss panels is must be done thing or not must be done? If it must be done ( i know that almost all of folks who did this had this thing) then i need to dismantle aquarium apart and redo all silicone works, if its not must be done thing then i can leave it. As for aquarium dimensions 800 mm in lengt, 300 mm in height and 300 mm in depth and glass thicknes is 6 mm.
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If you assembled the tank without applying silicone in the areas where the glass panes meet (inner silicone bead), I would recommend starting over and apply silicone in that area.

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ummm im a bit confused now, my question in short:
Do i need a 1/16 inch gap between glass pannels?
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For a tank of that size, 1/16 is excessive. 1MM would be fine.

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ok tried last time to redo my tank, and had a bad luck to get a 1mm gap between both ends glasses where they meet a front and back panels also talked to the guy who did couple aquariums and he said its not a such big deal if its not plausible to get that gap between panels so whats left is to wait till silicone cures
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got time to test aquarium, and i failed, maybe someone could tell me how to test aquarium if it has no leaks at the same time not having a pool in middle of room? i tired in bath but had to stop after i filled aquarium by half with water, heard something like galss touched a bathtub bottom with a its edges....
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I would think that you wouldn't want any gap. You want to apply silicone between the two panes and press together and let cure. Aquariums with a purposeful gap are flimsy and wiggle when touched. ADA tanks have no gap and barely wiggle at all.

You test tanks outside, not in your tub.
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Never place a tank in a non flat surface. You'll break the glass.
Do it outside or place it in a simple plastic storage bin.
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thanks i have found a solution, palces a big piece of very thick wood and filled it in the bathtub, i dont have a place outside because im living in small condo
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I would think that you wouldn't want any gap. You want to apply silicone between the two panes and press together and let cure. Aquariums with a purposeful gap are flimsy and wiggle when touched. ADA tanks have no gap and barely wiggle at all.

You test tanks outside, not in your tub.


really all ada aquariums is siliconed with no gap between glass panels? So my wories was for nothing and i think i could redo a all silicone jobs again
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