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Smile My ugly homemade nano [page 4 updates]

So, I'm living in a hotel right now, as such I might hold-off adding fish to this beast until I've found an apartment to move into at the end of the month...

However...

My ugly home depot homemade nano. ;P


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A few cheap pieces of 10x12 glass. It's only 3/32" thick, it'd be nice to find something thicker, but, this'll be fine. Some silicone sealant, and some pliars to snap off the glass that I cut. You'll note the lack of a cutting tool, I'll try and find one today.





The wrong way to do it. I'd recommend putting silicone between the panes of glass rather than just on the inside and outside of the joint. This is something I realized I should have done when I had already finished. O'well. And yes, my cereal box is spanish. I call her Maria, sadly she is now empty, so I must buy another. Go Los Angeles.







Microwave dinners, mmm. Sexy hotel carpet, mmm.



- a number of hours pass -






Time for a leak test





Yay no leaks!


Now, off to find some glass cutters so I can trim the two ends. Pickup some sponge material and a water pump.

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You are going to cut the glass now that it is done? You will be doing it again. I would recommend you cut the silicone and seperate the pieces before assembly. You will end up breaking that thin glass.

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maybe make a canopy that covers the extra glass on the sides?
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Bah you under estimate me. The glass was easy to break without issue. Building my filter setup now.
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What was the total cost of that tank?


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Well, lets see...

*grabs receipts*

$11 of glass, $3.44 of silicone

$14.44

(ignoring pliars and glass cutter, which together cost $11, but they're tools for the future, right?)

Stuff I'm adding now...

$2.88 scour pads, $3.59 15' of black tubing (anybody want 14' of tube? :P), 60gph pump $10

So total is ... $30.91. Plus I suspect I might buy a $10-15 CF desklamp to put over it. Then it's plants, fishies, heater if needed, etc.
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You are my hero.
Building a fish tank in your hotel.
Sounds like something I would do.....

Keep on doing what you're doing!
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Fascinating story! This just goes to show that if you want to make something, the best way to do it is to do it.

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Keep it up Zulu.....I wanna see more!
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I might have to build one.. It would be a fun project. I wish you luck~

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This is really D.I.Y,way to go man! Reallly cuts the cost out of your expenditure while at the same time giving you a sense of satisfaction as everything is self-made.Simply inspiring.
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What _I_ want to know is how the heck he cut that glass after it was already put together !

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Great job...I'm interested in making one myself. A couple of questions though:
What department of Home Depot did you find that glass?
Are those glass edges really sharp?

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The glass was on the very end of an isle in the "doors & windows" isle. It's replacement glass incase the neighbours kids throw a baseball thru your stylish glass door or something, I guess.

The edges were very sharp, so I scuffed them a bit, then also put a bead of silicone over them to avoid slicing my arms up later on.


RoseHawke; scored the glass along the line above the joint, tapped it with a ball hammer, then pulled out and down with the pliars? :P You just have to make sure you've scored it deeply enough.
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Great job...I'm interested in making one myself. A couple of questions though:
What department of Home Depot did you find that glass?
Are those glass edges really sharp?

Thanks Roy
Glass can be carfully sanded. Use 200 and under git with a block and it turns out ok.

Not all home depot carry the same products so precut may not be and option in some stores.

Good luck with your build.

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