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I don't know how many people saw my other thread asking for advice on building it, since it was in the wrong forum >.>

But I went ahead and built the tank a few days ago. It's leak testing right now on my back porch and looks awesome. I'm very happy with the way it turned out. And only $21.50 in materials so far, for glass and silicone. Initial leak testing is going well, no initial leaks, and it's been sitting since about 3pm yesterday (it's 8am now) and shows no signs of any stress of weakness. The glass bow is only 1/32" not even noticeable, which makes me glad I used such thick glass. Leak testing will go about a week, but I'll update more once I start scaping, unless the tank has a catastrophic failure.

Tank specs:
5.5 gallons
30x6x7 internal dimensions

Stock:
Pair of Elassoma Gilberti

Plants:
Haven't decided yet, probably a few anubias nana and small crypts, floating plants.




 

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I used about half a tube of GE silicone 1 on this, I made kind of fat seams, so I don't think it's going anywhere. As I get better at building them I'll likely get better at the silicone too and be able to make smaller, smoother seams. Compared to like an ADA tank, my seams are huge and sloppy, but if they hold the tank together, I'm happy, hehe.
 

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HHuummmm, got me thinking now, i have a 30ft room that need a natural divider and have been considering a 7ft tank just a foot or so deep to create the divide in an awkward space. I think i might go and get some prices for some glass.....
Where did you find out how to build it?? youtube vids??
 

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HHuummmm, got me thinking now, i have a 30ft room that need a natural divider and have been considering a 7ft tank just a foot or so deep to create the divide in an awkward space. I think i might go and get some prices for some glass.....
Where did you find out how to build it?? youtube vids??
at 7 foot long you might need braces or something at that point and you're getting into a very large custom tank. everything I've read for the most part, under 10gals aren't that hard, but the bigger you go the thicker the glass and more things that have to be considered. Most people who do custom tanks start off very small and build their way up.
 

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eser21, you will have to make or find a spot that is over 7ft and is perfectly flat and level to build the tank on. I think doing euro bracing on your idea would work well.
 

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i never do anything small hahaha its a personality defect that i always jump straight in lol!
Yeah i have looked a little before at bracing when i first considered a custom, fortunately i have a friend who is a smart arse engineer who has said he could make up a couple of polished aluminium braces and corner trims. Could look quite modern and smart. First i have to build a cabinet, if i do that successfully then i will go straight into the tank. Just dont have the time ATM. I also happen to know a guy on a UK forum who might construct it i just need to convince him. He is amazing!! 1mm sealant lines etc One of his tanks came top 50 at ASWC

But this isnt my thread.... and im getting carried away dreaming like i have the money and time to do this right now!!!

Nice tank Taari, i have subcribed and look forward to the planting!!
 

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I got the glass from a salvage place, so it is used glass (recycling!) and I did not have the place polish the edges for me, as that would have been an extra $14, I did it myself with a piece of 360 grit wet/dry sandpaper on a block with a little water, it took down the edges nicely.

So the glass was $16.50 and the silicone was $5. Next time I am just going to buy a sheet of glass and cut it myself though, as I was kind of unimpressed with the cutting job they did. Some of the corners weren't square and the edges weren't flat and some of the pieces weren't quite the right measurement. None of it was off enough to effect the finished result, but if I'm going to do more tanks with smaller, cleaner seams, I'll have to have perfectly square glass that is cut at exactly the right size.

I got the idea to build it from necessity, really. My mom has orchids in her window, but can't find an attractive humidity tray, so I decided to build an aquarium for the orchids to sit on.

As for how, I read the sticky thread in the DIY forum here for the 75 gallon custom rimless and got enough info from there to figure the rest out myself.

Thanks for the comments everybody, I can't wait to get it scaped! But I have to go clean and prep the wood first and finish leak testing for another 6 days.
 

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I got the glass from a salvage place, so it is used glass (recycling!) and I did not have the place polish the edges for me, as that would have been an extra $14, I did it myself with a piece of 360 grit wet/dry sandpaper on a block with a little water, it took down the edges nicely.

So the glass was $16.50 and the silicone was $5. Next time I am just going to buy a sheet of glass and cut it myself though, as I was kind of unimpressed with the cutting job they did. Some of the corners weren't square and the edges weren't flat and some of the pieces weren't quite the right measurement. None of it was off enough to effect the finished result, but if I'm going to do more tanks with smaller, cleaner seams, I'll have to have perfectly square glass that is cut at exactly the right size.

I got the idea to build it from necessity, really. My mom has orchids in her window, but can't find an attractive humidity tray, so I decided to build an aquarium for the orchids to sit on.

As for how, I read the sticky thread in the DIY forum here for the 75 gallon custom rimless and got enough info from there to figure the rest out myself.

Thanks for the comments everybody, I can't wait to get it scaped! But I have to go clean and prep the wood first and finish leak testing for another 6 days.
You're going to be even more disappointed in your first cutting job.
 

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this is a really cool project man. Glad to see a fellow DIYer! i've made a few tanks myself also, the latest attempt being a 5 gallon cube sorta deal. I just used an old ten gallon i got at a garage sale though instead of buying my own glass. I kinda wish i didn't though. the tank is really scratched up from the last owner. Not to hijack your thread, but here are some recent pictures :p





I've made a couple other nano tanks, but they were not nearly as good. I really like the dimensions of your tank though! looking forward to seeing updates!!

Ryan
 

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You're going to be even more disappointed in your first cutting job.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. :proud:

No really, I'm pretty handy and quite mechanically inclined. Geometry is my strong point in math and I'm very spacial. I'm sure I can figure it out on a scrap piece of glass pretty quickly.
 

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Tank looks great Taari. I remember seeing used glass shower doors at craigslist for free, but they were tempered :( would have been a nice custom tank. I wouldn't use the wood in the 3rd picture. It still looks very fresh and alive.

Also nice tank Ryan10517.

Nice tank. One thing I learner in working with silicone and glass is to use tape. Tape off the edges so the seams are nice and sharp. Remove the tape before the silicone dries or else it will be a disaster (IME that is). Also, use painter's tape or masking tape, don't use clear scotch tape.
 

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The branch was cut off the neighbors maple tree. It has buds on it because it died in the early spring, the rest of the tree has big full leaves. It's very dead, no green wood left inside.
 
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