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Old 10-16-2005, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I've got the bug to build an aquarium. I've got some acrylic tubes lying around so I've come up with an idea for something, well, unusual- an infinity nano.

You've seen those infinity pools that seem to have no edge because the water spills over the edge, right? Same principle here.

It will be a circular nano that sits on a square container. The water comes up from the container and into the bottom of the nano. Water then gracefully flows over the sides of the nano back into the container. Hence, the infinity. This should provide needed circulation without the need of an external filter. Also, that film that typically forms in stagnate nanos will be avoided.

I'll get to work on this soon and post some pictures.

In the meantime, take a look at the Rotating Aquarium patent. What will folks think of next?!
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Looking forward to see how your infinity nano turns out -- sounds interesting.

However, that rotating tank scares me!
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Well, finally took a few minutes to progress with this project.

These are the basics of the aquarium itself. I have an eight inch cast acrylic cylinder (12 inches tall) and a piece of Polycast cast acrylic 1/4 inch thick for the base.


The glue to be used. I highly recommend the use of No. 4 over No. 3.


First, I raised the protective wrap enough so that it wouldn't impede the glue.

I typically use thin wire to slightly lift the piece so that the glue can cover the whole edge. However, I couldn't find it. So, improvise. Yes, it's a staple.


This is a picture of the pieces glued. Sorry, couldn't take a picture and glue at the same time.


And, finally, the piece drying. That's 10 pounds weighing the piece down.


I give it two days to set well. Will update on the next steps.
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Looking forward to the updates!
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Very cool.
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Very interested in this Art, can't wait to see the final project!
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Art,
Is that the technique you use in gluing (welding) all acrylic joints? I'm assuming you pulled the staple once the seam was filled?
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Aaron,

Yes, the concept is to slightly lift the piece so that the glue can cover the entire joint well. After 30 seconds, you pull the staple out and let the piece drop. You add weight to it in order to try to eliminate air bubbles. It is an acrylic weld rather than glue.

As this piece is for me and the fact that I don't have a lot of time, I did not prep the piece very well. If I had time, I would have routed or sanded the edge of the acrylic tube to remove any cut marks. This would help ensure to have a very nice joint (no bubbles). So, I haven't checked yet but I assume I'll have a few bubbles in there.

If I do, I would just run a thin bead of Weldon 16 around the inside of the aquarium to help ensure it is water-tight. I water test in a day or so will reveal any leaks. I place it on a paper towel and fill. Any leaks show up easily on the paper towel.
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Very interesting, Art. I have made a couple acrylic tanks myself and I must say that my seams are quite bubbly. Next time I'll try your technique. Question though, do you get a bead of excess acrylic oozing out along the joint when you clamp (in this case weigh) down on the two pieces? after 30 seconds, the acrylic has to be quite soft and mushy at the seam, right? If so, how do you clean that up?
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I've seen a picture of such an aquarium but the implementation was very cheesy. It was an acrylic rectangular tank that had beveled edges so the water flows smoothly everywhere. I tried but I can't find that site.

The clarity of the "water curtain" was not a problem. There where some pointers on what to watch for but not in great detail.

Hope you create something truly beautiful.

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