building a glass aquarium?

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  1. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    So having taken my tank apart, i want to know what would be the best way to put it back together, i have four corner clamps.

    would it be best to put the sides together and then put the bottom onto that?.
     
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    Floating base?
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    Meaning?

    i dont know all these terms used? base will be like normal like most people have theirs:thumbup:
     
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    How big is the tank? bigger tanks get build different
     
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    As far as I understand, a floating base is between the side panels and not under them.

    Is a floating base good?
    Doesn't it put more pressure on the side panels?


    All the tanks I bought previously had the normal panels on the base.
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    ah ok, no its not a floating base.

    the tank is 700 long, 600 wide and 500 high
     
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    On a tank build, the idea is to stick the glass together with the silicone, not the silicaone onto everything else except the glass. Like your table, beer cat....

    Start with bottom pane. lay it down flat. Next one long side, put silicone on one long edge only, thin line, the one that will become the bottom. Put in place. Use extra hand to hold it there. Take short pane. Put silicone on bottom edge and both side edges. Put in place, use clamp. Do same with other short pane. So last long pane only need silicaone on its bottom edge. put in place and use clamps. Now put silicone into the corners and use that blue magic wand to work it off.

    Clean everything.

    Best is to have one of those big paper rolls close by. Those at the filling stations.
     
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    Tank is smallish so build it ontop the base, pressure will be OK.
    Do the build so the base is on a table and you are building ontop of it, this way you can make small agjustments with the side panes to allign them with the sides of the base.
    Remember, the clamps will try to pull the side panes square but the base will not be 100% square, so allow for this, rather make the sides fit the base so that it looks neat.
    Cover all glass with newspaper and masking tape, only have the edges where you want to apply silicone exposed, this will help you not getting silicone all-over and having to clean it. Dont work in the sun, silicone will form a 'skin' to fast and it will bake the masking tape glue hard making it difficult to clean afterwards.
     
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    and you going to throu away more silicone then you actually using, that's just how it is.
     
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    The Yanks use the floating base concept on most of their tanks, but then most of their tanks are built from acrylic - here in SA most tanks are built on the "conventional" way of having the sides rest on top of the base.

    Although it's not as important for small tanks, it is good practise to allow some space for the silicone on all joints - in other words, don't squeeze out all the silicone between the panes. On larger tanks, one would actually go so far as to place small spacers between the vertical pane edge and the bottom pane, for the vertical panes to rest on (pieces of cable tie work well, but normal wooden matches also do the trick). This then carries the weight of the heavy panes, and leave the silicone to fully occupy the thickness of the spacers (about 1-2mm)

    Hennie
     
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