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Featured from nano to medium in a diy style

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks (31-100gal)' started by ste187, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. ste187

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    so i am limited with space in current house and its rented etc but you no how it goes ,,,,,you get a tank and yep your truly bitten by the bug , then the words we have all heard ring through our heads shouts out UPGRADE . the story so far has gone from a 24 d&d to my current rio 125 , now i love this little tank but was still not happy , but hold on i cant go more than 80cm in length as i wouldnt like a tank overlapping over the windows mmmmmmmmmmmm what do i do ? aint really got the money for a custom made tank but do have a friend in the glass trade and salty box for advice . so it was time to research and go for it . i have now got a tank built which in time will be clad and a tank waiting for its first wet test .
    the tank is 80 cm length 56 cm depth 47cm height in 12 mm glass to allow me to go braceless:clap:the tank is gonna give me around 110 litres more water , which will allow me to add a couple more fish :dance: . the tank has worked out at £80 and the stand £23 . the following pics are a work in progress and all being well if tomorrow is water tight then the weekend will be the big swap over and completed pics will follow :w00t: tank build 280.jpg tank build 279.jpg tank build 281.jpg tank build 284.jpg tank build 294.jpg
     
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    couple more showin silicone joints and painting in progress tank build 285.jpg tank build 294.jpg tank build 297.jpg
    gotta say big thx to janepo for the pic of tank stand design and scuba for some great advice on making tanks .
     
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    Well done mate, custom tank and stand for £103, can't complain at that, good luck with everything!
     
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    thx wilson , gotta be honest am really happy how everything has worked out . the major thing for me was getting silicone joints spot on and am dead chuffed with how they have turned out . just hope it got no leaks , although i didnt go shy with silicone .
     
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    Did you do the silicone yourself? If so cracking effort mate, I re-siliconed a tank the other day and made a right mess, luckily it was on the base though.
     
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    yeah , what i did was tape before building upto where i wanted silicone to end then grabbed a old credit card and cut the corner . so when siliocone was still wet dragged card up joints and at all times had edge of card tight to glass . if that makes sense.
     
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    Big trial fill tomorrow , am i gonna sleep lol
     
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    Looks smart, how long have you left it after applying the silicon? Sorry if I missed that bit.
     
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    Silicone was done Saturday
     
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    of to marine aquatics to get 6 drums of water in preperation for the weekend . yippeeeeeeeeeee
     
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    Well big trial fill has been put of . Have decided to add bracing to bottom
     
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    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
     
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    lol wilson , thing is after seeing some tanks in my fav marine shop today figure should put some in mine , guess better safe than sorry . on the upside it great having a mate with glass factory as the braces where free .
     
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    20120318_141840.jpg yes yes , we have water . so far so good , gonna fill rest up tomorrow morning then leave for 24 hours .
     
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    Whooooo!! loooking good there matey!!!!
     
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    THX scuba , gotta say am dead happy with the results . having looked at some custom tanks the other day in a shop i reckon my build quality is as good as i seen . not that i am blowing my own trumpet lol
     
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    well tank has done 24 hours half full , now it got its final 24 hours full . after that (all being good) gonna give it last clean up and then i am ready for the big swap over :dance:
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    tank is defo water tight and filled higher than it will be when properly set up , so reckon it safe to say water tight and can handle the pressue . seriously just gettin down to big swap over .
     
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    looks like the tank is gonna have to wait for a few days , aint had a lot being self employed but managed to get a job in my town labouring . on the plus side tank has been standing for over 48 hours with no leaks etc and with a bit of work i will be able to add some new stock once the change over is done .
     
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    After an excellent start a few days more won't hurt Big Thumbs Up
     
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