Is a DIY tank this easy????

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  1. emteey

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    As long as the glass you get is nice and straight it shouldn't be too hard. I prefer buying tanks as then you know for sure it isn't going to break or leak.
     
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    Emteey I have built any number of tanks, and as long as you follow the cardinal rules of a) thickness and b) bracing you should be good to go.

    Practice quite a bit with the silicone, as you will want to make sure that you get a good seal and that it is neat and tidy.

    One caveat though - really large tanks I would get done professionally - the pressures involved are enormous and you dont want to make any mistakes and have 1000l flood the lounge ;)
     
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    it is actually very simple to build a tank provided the glass is cut straight and to the right measurements and you are not shy to apply glue and have patience, i do a tank over a few days to allow glue to dry so that i dont start bumping apart the very glass im trying to bond.. but u gave built 3 x 3ft tanks in under 20 minutes. i work on the tanks i build approx 20-30 min per day and finish them in roughly 3 days to 1 week (size dependat).
     
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    I saw someone put a tank together in about ten minutes. It was a standards four footer but it really looked easy. I'm almost tempted to try one day
     
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    i had a look at the series of pics and agree it is quite possible to build a tank like that, but I agree with Leslie, the ones i have built, i take my time... you can only work on it for 20 mins or so and then leave the joint to cure for at least 8 hours
     
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    i've just built my 3 foot sump and 1.1m DT, first time making my own tank. wasn't all that difficult, as Leslie said take your time and be patient. if you're willing to put in the time and effort it's definitely worthwhile, especially from a financial perspective. also the satisfaction you get when you test it and it DOESN'T LEAK is amazing :razz:
     
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    while we on the topic. Does anyone know where you can get those glass braces? to hold the tank together.
     
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    i just ordered mine with the rest of the glass and siliconed it all together
     
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    The braces is the same as your tank , just ask the glass shop to cut it for you out of the pieces that's left of your glass sheet
     
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    Sorry maybe i didnt put the question correctly.

    There are glass clamps that hope glass at 90 degree angles and in square form with the exact space between the glass. Ive seen most people using this.
     
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    Sentari I am not sure about the clamps you are talking about but I have seen tile spacers used to good effect
     
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    They look like this

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    you can use duck tape just to keep the glass together till the silicon sets .if your glass is cut straight then you wont have to ues this clamp.
     
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    Ya suppose.... but i'm fussy with my work and i like precision :)
     
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    You can get them at builders
     
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    Ahh thanks Pete! Saw you had them was wondering where you got them from. But ya! I'll leave the big tank building to the Pro's like you :D
     
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    those clamps are for sissies, reals pro's use masking tape :) jokes they do make life easier..
     
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    :finger:

    :p

    Just thought it would make life easier! But one day when i'm big i want to build my own tank :D
     
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    ha ha cool if you ever need some tips give me a bell, its actually very easy... the design is the hard part. but luckily now that we can drill holes after the unit is constructed it takes alot of pressure off the planning phase.
     
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