DIY glass rimless build

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  1. iani

    iani Guest

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    Just for fun my friend and I (Geoff) decided to try to build some glass tanks. I am unsure what I am going to do with mine, but my friend will be setting up his tank as a display. Since Eric was headed into the city that day he gave us a hand with the build. Eric is the one behind the camera, he took all the pictures and helped build the tank. Thanks also to Craig for getting the glass.

    Specs
    my tank
    24x24x20" 10mm glass 3 sided starfire
    10x2" slot cut out on back glass for external overflow
    12x6x5 external box
    double pane bottom

    his tank
    31x31x18" 12mm glass 3 sided starfire
    10x2" slot cut out on back glass for external overflow
    12x6x5 external box

    Supplies
    Acetone
    RTV 103
    Angle squares from rockler
    Lots of towels
    Painters tape
    gloves
    double stick tape

    So far we have just worked on my tank first. Since his was bigger we figured we should do my tank first and learn from our mistakes.

    Angle squares from rockler
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    Taping off glass
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    Setting glass on angle squares with double stick tape
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    Glass all set up
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    Deciding on how to start
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    Back side before cleaning
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    Front side
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    Side view
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    Mistakes

    Pull tape off faster
    We did not pull the tape fast enough which messed up the insides of the seams. We ended up having to strip the inside seams add more silicone and form the inside bead with out the tape. I used the pro-caulk tool which actually worked really well.

    Use MORE silicone than you think you need


    We still have to put the external overflow box up. I will post more pictures as it comes together. I'll also post some progress we have working on the bigger tank.
     
  2. arod2051

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    What is the black silicone on the bottom plate about? Are you doing a floating pane, Elos-esque?

    Subscribed! This looks really cool.
     
  3. iani

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    Yep 2 panes on the bottom.
     
  4. mpoletti

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    Very cool Ian :)

    Are you taking orders?
     
  5. newhobby

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    Very nice
     
  6. iani

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    Haha, Mark. No orders.

    Thanks Roberto. Hopefully the next one will come out even better. This one wasn't a bad first try.
     
  7. CookieJar

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    Subscribed also. I like how your living room & kitchen convert to a workshop. :)
     
  8. tuberider

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    Looks great Ian! I spy some of those fancy suction cups too :)
     
  9. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

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    Challenging and quite a mess. There aren't any pics of the in between since the three of us had our hands full of silicone the entire time. It was fun and definitely a great learning experience with a steep learning curve.
     
  10. seminolecpa

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    I can hear it now...

    Dude you need to build one of these.... Oh wait
     
  11. xcaret

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    Great job guys !
    Those squares, where did you get them?
     
  12. melly mel

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    Thats Pretty damn cool Ian! Cant wait to see the final product.
     
  13. iani

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    Cookiejar, that was my friends place. You should see how lopsided his garage is. haha
    Yup Jeremy those are the suction cups I just got.
    Eric it was a huge mess, thankfully tile isn't hard to clean up on.
    Bryan, yep you do.
    Mario, I mentioned above its from Rockler.
    Thanks Rommel. I'll post more pictures when The tank is finished.
     
  14. Tumbleweed

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    Nice, if you don't mind me asking what was the price of the glass?
     
  15. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

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    I thought Rockler was a friend :bigsmile:
     
  16. zepplock

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    Hey thats exactly the tank I want! Minus external overflow.
     
  17. Reef Keeper

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    you made that look easy. Sweat.
     
  18. Apon

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    Ian you are on a dangerous path....by next year you will quit your job and start your own company. Be warned.
     
  19. Elite

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    Looking good Ian..
     
  20. iani

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    Brian, glass for this tank ran about 300.
    Zepplock, you should look into the cadlights rimless tank. Its the exact same dimensions with an internal overflow.
    Joel, as Eric mentioned the hard parts were not pictured. We all had our hands full.
    Arnold, no way. Its not turning into anything more but a hobby.
    Phong, thanks. I thought you wanted to try it too.
     

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