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  1. Pads

    Pads

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    I finally decided that the glass I bought a year ago and had stashed behind the couch needs to be transformed into a slightly more operable tank. My 100l was not only small but limiting. Here are some photo's of my progress.

    Dimensions: 1500(w) X 500(d) X 600(h)
    Glass: 8mm side walls
    Base: 2 x 6mm
    Total Volume: 450l

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    Step 1: Laminating my base
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    Step 2: Mount Back and Side Panes
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    Step 3: Mount Front and Side Panes
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    Step 4: Silicone in Bracing(Base and Top Rim) - with a little bit of added pressure
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    Step 5: Begin washing Playsand, good thing I listened to what was said on the forum, howz this ****
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    Finally the full frontal ;)
    But that has nothing on my lighting unit, totally futuristic! Check it
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looking very cool there pads, nice construction work
     
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    Pads Thread Starter

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    You gotta hate power failures :wtf:
     
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    Nice work, are you going to use the play sand for your DT or sump?
     
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    Nice going there Pads. I wish I had the guts to attempy my own tank.
     
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    Play Sand will be for the DT. I've got black sand in my current DT and I wanted a change. Something nice and bright. The DSB I might even use the same. Just need to seed it. But haven't got that far yet.
     
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    Pads...Looking good, wish i had the time to build my own tank...Well done...:thumbup:
     
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    Nice build, Pads! And the sump? Any pics of the sump yet?
     
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    LOVELY build !!!

    what brand of silicone did you use?
     
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    Hey Neil, Its Black Aquaria Silicone from Den Braven. An awesome effect but not the cleanest to work with. Got some on the curtains the floor, on 3 pairs of my jeans and I even look like a mechanic with black under the finger nails. I can't wait to get it done. Just letting it cure now.
     
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    I haven't figured out a few of the options yet. Like overflow and sump. Was planning on using the old 100l DT for the sump but still toying with ideas. Overflow being my biggest quandary right now.
     
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    I would like to suggest that you go go as big as possible for the sump, Pads..... More water = more stability... ;)
     
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    Is the glass drilled anywhere for an overflow?
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I see you are in north riding, where did you buy the silicone from ?
     
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    Jacques I fully agree, that why I'm so chuffed to get shot of a 100l DT for a 450l.
    At the mo I've got a spacial issue at home so I might have to go small and upgrade later.

    Nothing yet Mudshark. I was contemplating having the overflow and return drilled through the base in the center of the tank so that the tank could be viewed from all sides but I'm leaning towards drilling on the narrow side instead. I want an overflow as quiet and inconspicious as possible (everyone's dream I suppose) you got some suggestions? I'm all ears.

    Neil its on Highview Boulevard Ferndale. Across the road from the Velskoen Drive-In.
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    let me know if you want help with drilling, i am in the area, and drilled 6 x 50mm holes in 6mm glass on friday evening
     
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    Your overflow should be on the side as your tank is too narrow to have an internal overflow in the centre. Can you not remove a side pane and shorten by 50mm to create a corner to corner overflow? Then you have your external overflow box with 2 holes drilled into the bottom with durso standpipes in them. Totally silent
     
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    :yeahdude: I've give you a shout. Much appreciated, thx.
     
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    Can you not drill a overflow hole in the side pane and have the durso attached directly to that? Instead of having an overflow box and the durso's in that? I might just be a little ignorant on this issue.

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    It is possible but not ideal. You want to skim the top layer of water surface off to remove all the floaties etc. The way that you are suggesting makes it difficult to put a wier in front of the drain. If you don't want to remove the side glass, rather drill the bottom corner and make an internal corner overflow.
     
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