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Sup guys,

So instead of just day dreaming about a tank set-up I finally decided to go to the glass shop and order some pieces: (3) 12"x12" and (2) 11-3/4"x12". So with a little planning, half a roll of blue painters tape, and 2 tubes of silicone I was able to finish sealing the tank. Went faster then I thought, was able to tape it up and seal it in under an hour. This is my 1st time doing anything "big" with silicone so I decided to put borders up with the tape to prevent silicone all over the glass (see below). Hopefully it works.








As you can see there is a 1/4'' of a border around the seams. I have a 1/4'' piece of wood that I'm going to use as a straight edge along with a razor blade or two to get straight lines.

As far as lighting goes I have a clip on desk lamp from Home Depot, Hampton Bay 60W max with a 23 watt CFL 5,000*K. I'll post pics soon after the test fill.

I also have a Tom's Mini Rapids canister filter which is rated at 80 GPH. I found a thread about modding it by taking out the flow control so I may give that a try.

Not sure what kind of heater I'm going to go with... Open to any suggestions.

CO2: DIY 2 liter bottles in the beginning, might upgrade to a hi tech system once the money flows a little more in my direction... I had to spend $500 on books this semester :mad:

For ferts I may go and get a package off of pfertz.com with some root tabs. Anyone know of good root tabs? Are they worth it even?

I'm debating in between Eco Complete and Florite as a substrate. Any suggestions?

Fish: At the moment the main inhabitant will be a Betta, might get a small schooling group, Rummies, Neons... Some shrimp maybe, 2 or 3...

As far as plants go I wanna try and get a nice HC carpet... Not sure I should try and tackle this on my first real go around with a planted tank... (I planted my 45g tank a few years ago and had somewhat successful endeavor :)) Also some Balyx (sp?) Was also thinking about a moss tree with some Christmas moss or Java moss.

Any other plant suggestions are welcomed by all means. Actually any suggestions or whatever is welcomed more so wanted.

Thanks for looking,
-Brian
 

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CO2: DIY 2 liter bottles in the beginning, might upgrade to a hi tech system once the money flows a little more in my direction... I had to spend $500 on books this semester :mad:
I feel your pain, man. I only took 3 classes this semester and still paid almost $400 on books. Don't get too mad, though. I've known people in nursing school who have paid over $900 per semester on books. :icon_neut

I'm still using DIY CO2 on my 10 gallon because money has been tight, but it's still working like a champ...
 

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how many tubes did you use?? i just built this same tank like 2 days ago and i didnt even use a half of tube of silicone but it looks GREAT
 

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It looks really nice...something to be said about making your own aquarium.
Thank you very much, it was my 1st attempt at making my own hence all the excess tape on every side. I wanted to avoid silicone everywhere.

I feel your pain, man. I only took 3 classes this semester and still paid almost $400 on books. Don't get too mad, though. I've known people in nursing school who have paid over $900 per semester on books. :icon_neut

I'm still using DIY CO2 on my 10 gallon because money has been tight, but it's still working like a champ...
Yeah the college life's hard at the moment lol This wasn't even my worse semester, last one I had to take a Bio class with a lab and the two books for that class alone was $350 lol... Yeah, for the most part my Criminal Justice major has some relatively cheap books, my girlfriend who's an accounting major spends insane amounts on books, they're all huge ones too lol..

As for your CO2, what's the set up like? I.e. yeast to sugar ratio, amount of water etc...?

how many tubes did you use?? i just built this same tank like 2 days ago and i didnt even use a half of tube of silicone but it looks GREAT
I had AGA 3oz. silicone tube from a while ago and I went and brought another, good thing I had the two though because I pretty much used both of them, hopefully I have enough to hit the outside seams a little bit before I razor blade the tape off and do a test fill.

I'll have an update by tonight most likely after I finish redoing the room to accommodate the new tank... Gotta put up shelves and build Ikea furniture :icon_mad: haha

-Brian
 

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I'm not very scientific with the mixtures, but I'd say it's around 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 tsp of yeast, 1/4 tsp of baking soda and I fill the water up to the top of the "wrapper".

True, good to know. Are you using just one bottle? How long does it last? Also, does the CO2 come out slowly through out the duration of it reacting? Or does it start heavy at first and then slow down to a halt after it's done?

I wouldn't what the pH fluctuating every time I added a new mix.

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I'm using one bottle. I usually replace the mixture after 2 weeks, sometimes sooner if I notice my bps dropping significantly. There is a huge burst of CO2 when the reaction starts, so I let it sit overnight before adding it to the tank.

That reminds me -- I need to go change it out!
 

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I'm using one bottle. I usually replace the mixture after 2 weeks, sometimes sooner if I notice my bps dropping significantly. There is a huge burst of CO2 when the reaction starts, so I let it sit overnight before adding it to the tank.

That reminds me -- I need to go change it out!
Nice. Thanks.

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Update

Okay so I didn't feel like waiting til tonight to take the tape off lol... So I got a ruler and a razor blade and ended up with this:


Angled inside view ^


Top view ^


Left side view ^


Right side view^




This is going to be the front of the tank ^ since it has the cleanest looking silicone edges according to the misses haha.

Whatcha guys think?

Thanks,
-Brian

P.S. Water should be in the tank tonight, possibly with light, filter and back ground up...
 

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fill them up!
I just put the bag of Eco-Complete and 4 Zebra rocks in and hooked up the mini canister filter.

looks great man keep it up... good job on the silicone

did you use 1/8 inch think glass????
Thank you very much and yes, I did use 1/8th inch single strength glass. The tanks actual volume due to displacement from the 20 lbs of Eco-Complete and 5 pounds of rock give me about 4.5-5 gallons of water (just doing the math off the top of my head)...

nice looking seams good job
Thanks, it was definitely worth taping it all up and then just using a razor blade and ruler to cut it off.

I like the left side waaaay better than the right side.

But really, nice looking tank.
Thanks, yeah this was my first time actually making my own tank and working with silicone. Might have tried smoothing out seams a bit too long after I shold have thus the defined/imperfect seams.


I'll add pics of the set up once I add water in a little bit.

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Thanks, yeah this was my first time actually making my own tank and working with silicone. Might have tried smoothing out seams a bit too long after I shold have thus the defined/imperfect seams.
Ha, I couldn't tell the sides apart. And those seams look clean to me. Much better than the cheapo tanks I've picked up and been too lazy to clean up. Plus I'm a fan of cubes. I look forward to seeing this being filled and progressing.
 

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Ha, I couldn't tell the sides apart. And those seams look clean to me. Much better than the cheapo tanks I've picked up and been too lazy to clean up. Plus I'm a fan of cubes. I look forward to seeing this being filled and progressing.
Yeah I just picked the cleanest side... I just finished filling it up :icon_cool

The seams look about the same if not better than my 10 gallon. Great job for a first try!
Thank you, I definitely want to try larger tanks down the road.

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Update!

Okay so I went to my LFS and picked up a 20 lb. bag of Eco-Complete and 4 Zebra rocks. I had a mini Toms canister at my house and some grape vine/wood from a rat snake tank I had a while ago. I Just kinda put it all in, not 100% on the set up yet because tomorrow I'll be going back to get a heater (25 watts) and a black back ground, maybe a plant or two... I didn't see any HC or Balyx (sp?) at my LFS so I may have to wait. :( They did however have a new shipment of a ton of fish along with some .75'' Rummy Nose Tetras, I'll probably be getting 6-8 of them. Would 8 be too much?

Any way, here are some pics:



Front view of the night stand/small dresser with the new tank, Betta vase with Peace Lily, Bamboo.









View from our bed ^




I added my girlfriends Betta that we've had for about a year and he's loving the tank...



Betta close up



Let me know what you guys think.

Thanks,
-Brian
 
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