Tank cladding/panels fo stand

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  1. Uettnerw

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    Hi,

    I am looking at using some perspex panels to close a tank's stand.

    Found this site whilst browsing:

    Metallic acrylic pearlescent sheet supplied by Perspex South Africa

    Any advice would be appreciated. Especially, how to attach - magnets? How to get the edges to look neat etc etc

    Any better ideas?

    I like the look of these panels. Photo courtsey of UrbanMarines.

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    Magnets are cheap. Those they use on the cabinets. Use silicone to secure the magnets and their metal parts.

    Alternative is G-clips. Also from the cabinet guys. But then the round part needs to be screwed into the frame. Think the magnets would be easier.
     
  4. NewbiePta

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    That tank looks fantastic but my question is where do you get that nice thin black trim for the corners and top?
     
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  5. Uettnerw

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    Not my tank. Was built by UrbanMarine if I am not mistaken - durban. Contact them?
    @RiaanP - any ideas how to do the sides so it looks neat? And I hope cutting it can be done by the place selling it.
     
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    I trimmed my system with strips of ABS sheet.
    Used the 1.5mm thickness, bit more stiff than the 0.9mm
     
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    Do you have a pic @RiaanP? Where do you buy it?
     
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  10. Uettnerw

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    ABS sheet? Do you have apic of your tank?

    Will these magnets be strong enough for 3mm in your opinion? Suppose more magnets...

    I was thinking flat rare earth magnets, but that would offset the sheet from the frame.

    Who cut the sheets for you?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    Here it is without the ABS trim
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    And with the trim. Do not see the water surface anymore, neither the reflection from that. ABS strip secured with a type of black duct tape.
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    also used another strip against the back of the tank. Tank got no pipes behind it. So tank is 10mm from the wall. The back strip is angled against the wall to prevent any fish from jumping out and going down the back of the tank. No snails either. The 2 auto feeders do make it look like 3 strips at the back, but it is one long strip, again help in place by the same black duct tape.
     
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    Used a box cutter, aluminum profile and wooden plank to cut the ABS sheet into strips. Being 1.5mm it was not easy. Brother helped me and needed to press down rather hard on box cutter. No need to cut right trough on the first cut. Can bend it back and it will snap, if the cut is deep enough.
     
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    The tank in the first pic was built by us....we based in Cape Town :thumbup:
    The black trim around the glass is very neat black silicon and not strips of any kind....
    The cabinetry is PVC wrap and attached using magnets. Any other questions please give me a shout..
     
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    Thats the black silicone they used to build the tank.

    Those arent perspex, cant remember the name of the stuff. That was @flappy tank, so he will know what it is
     
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    @flappy: apologies for the Durban / Cape Town mix up. But I did credit you/your company in the first post.
     
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    Uettnerw no prob....:)
     
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    You could also try white high gloss cupboard material, also looks very nice and modern.
     
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    Use velcro. And for the corners put a white angle beading on to cover up the joins. Fix only to the front panel so it can come loose from the 2 sides
     
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    never thought of Velcro for this before :thumbup:
     
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    Yeah works very well.
    I use it to secure perspex boards to the tank frame - other nice thing about the perspex is you can apply vinyl to it so if you want to change colour/look of cladding is is quick and easy
     
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