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This...

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Anyway, this is my first attempt at a plywood tank so we'll see how it turns out. I'm gonna be using the glass from my not so useful 55G in order to make the front window of this new 180Gish tank. I'd also like to add, that on the advice from a fellow DIY'er i'll be sealing this tank w/old chewing gum :)
 

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Is the effect of the beer that the tank was built in a room that it can't be removed from?
 

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This thread made me thirsty.

Hmmmmm Red Stripe.

:D

From the looks of it you should have 5 more of those left in the fridge.

I'll be right over. :thumb:
 

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Well i'm glad we can all keep a good perspective here. Entertainment is in fact the most important part of a thread, but i can't do it alone, so any jokes or [email protected]$$ comments that happen to pop into your heads are welcome here. Anyway, i really appreciate the heartfelt, deeply-thought out remarks :)

spqrzilla, it's not the beer that's made my workspace smaller, but rather a temporary inconvience regarding available room in the house. In any case, the hallway i'm building this thing in is only ~3 1/2' wide and it's not easy to work in, but i will be able to move it once i'm done. All i have to do is flip it up on one of it's ends and carry it throught the hall like that.

BinaryWhisper, no it doesn't take a case of beer to get me off the couch, it's a recliner, that happens to be in front of the computer...get it right :p In all fairness though, i didn't inhale...oh wait, i seem to be channelling the words of a great american hero; please disregard...wrong substance :wink:

Anyway, more pics in a little while, but there's not much to show. I've spent most of the day cutting the $#!+ out of myself, and trying to take apart the 55G in between band-aid runs.

IF any of you guys have input on how i should assemble the front frame, i'll be happy to see that. Just for reference, i'll be using one long side(48"x20") and two of the short sides(12"x20") to achieve this 6' front window. I'll not be using the one piece plywood frame as i don't want to buy a whole new sheet of plywood just for this. Also since the glass is only 20", but the tank will be 24"H i'll need to have the bottom of the glass resting ~4" off the actual floor of the tank. At this point i'm thinking 2x4's, but i'll listen to other ideas if you guys have any.
 

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but i'll listen to other ideas if you guys have any.
Inhale next time... it won't hurt as bad when you cut yourself.
 

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i still have the scars from when i took my 150g apart, it took days as my whole 750g was going to be made from all the glass but the bottom.

imusuallyuseless,

if it is realy 1/4 plate glass you need to get it as high as you can. i would feel better if it was 3/8s that would get you to 20 deep. my 3/4 was just barely good enough for 36, i had to lift it up 4 1/2 inches. with the sand and using the lip to hide the front UGJ pipe i never missed the few inches you cant see right in the front.
 

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NorthShore, do you think i have brain cells to spare??? Actually, i do have a couple to spare, but don't want to waste them on epoxy. The cost and indoor space issues are keeping me away from epoxy, even though i believe it would give me the best durability longterm. At this point i'm planning on using drylock directly on plywood. I'm considering using cement board coated in the drylock instead, but not sure if i can overcome my cheapness. OR there's always the used chewing gum...sugar-free of course :) Anyway, i'm not expecting the drylock directly on plywood method to last forever, so i'll probably build another tank(probably ~240G) in about a year, this time going w/the epoxy.

nc, brain cells might be worth that :thumb:

TTANKOFISH1, Lomax pretty much answered the other reason why i need the glass towards the top. It's rather thin and it wouldn't hold up to the pressure if it's lower in the tank.

lomax, was what i sent you definate proof that it's plate glass instead of tempered, did the sticker lie to me :-? As for the 4" obstruction on the bottom, i know i won't really miss it.

Anyway, the only pic i've gotten so far is how i move a 55G by myself, since i don't have the arm span or grip of a giant...
 

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i just checked the web and i can find no info on if a tempered glass can be chiped and not explode, but one site said if it does the whole glass can fail anytime the pane is stressed. it all depends on if the compression layer has been broken.

I would test the tank out side.
 

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I think somebody's trying to follow the footsteps of TGF...only on a much smaller scale! When I saw your first post useless I got to thinking, are you even old enough to legally drink? Good Luck on your project and I'm glad ya let me know about it!
 

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Um, i am in mexico, besides i didn't inhale :p Anyway, i was originally thinking a smaller scale TFG style, but two issues have currently stopped that...one is the expense of having to buy the cement board and the second thing is the weight. Obviously TFG's method works well for him, but i honestly don't think he'll ever attempt/have to move that thing. I know i'll have to move mine at some point so i'm not real crazy about adding more weight to it. In any case i'm done for the night. The tank trim is completely off and in a million pieces all over the floor. I still haven't completely gotten rid of the silicone that's still holding this tank together. I'd keep going, but my hands are too sore and bloody, so i'll start back up in the morning. On a final note for the night, i must warn you about...
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The Fox & the Hound 2. It's an okay movie in it's own right, but if you saw the first one, then this one just doesn't live up, left me feeling rather disappointed :-?

PS Anyone got any tips about removing the silicone between the panes. At first it was working pretty well to use dental floss to kind of cut it, but that tears too easily. Perhaps tomorrow i'll try fishing line...
 

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I'm not sure if this will work very well, but have you tried making long cuts alove the seams w/ a razor blade or box cutter? I've never done it, but it kind of seems logical, but it probably won't work. I'm a girl I don't think carpentry like you guys do!
 

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Thrice how thick are those cable saws??? Ans i am currently using razorblades(which account for half of my cuts), but they're too thick to get in between the panes of glass.
 
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