I am looking to custom make a rimless tank, 54X22HX18W.
There will be a 5'' overflow chamber on the left side making the tank 48'' usable area.
There is a glass shop in my area that is willing to cut all glass for me and i will get it together myself. I have never done a build myself but got a whole garage and a ton of tools and help. I had a quote from an aquarium shop at around $3K for the tank only. I cannot afford that.
Anyways I am looking at around $1200 for all the glass cut, polished, holes drilled and all that. All glass except the bottom is low iron starfire.
The questions for you guys i have are:
1. What do you think the glass thickness should be for given size.
The guy swears by 12mm (1/2 inch) and can temper all the glass for me at no cost. Since I've never seen a tank with tempered glass (except bottom) it raised a question. What are the pros/ cons of tempered. Is the glass thickness OK? Will tempering affect viewing under light?. The tank will be used for freshwater planted.
2. Does it really matter if side glass goes on top of the bottom glass or it can be glued to the side of the bottom glass making the build much easier since there has to be a 1/16 inch gap between the glass.
3. I am planning to use
GE 1200 Series Construction Silicone Sealant - Clear
What do you guys think?
Any suggestions are highly appreciated.
The front view plan is attached.