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Hello to all:

Having recently joined this forum and read many great articles on a range of topics related to planted aquaria, I've decided to embark on the journey of building my very own cube tank, or die trying to:)

My first and main reason in wanting to build a cube tank is inspired by ryuken168's post on his DIY hood with cd racks as well as his selling of some really cool looking cube tanks. These are rim-less and very attractive. Personally, I am just tired and fed up with most of the tank choices available to us in the States. Most, if not all are framed with those unsightly rims either on top, bottom, or both. In my own opinion, I think this really makes the overall layout unattractive and out of sync. Therefore, I've decided to build one myself, much like the tanks we somtimes see from Asia, including many of Mr.Amano's.

At this point I am still on the drawing board as that is where I get to transfer my mental image onto an actual reality, albeit this transference isn't always 100% accurate:p Basically, I want to build an all-glass tank that is no larger than 10-gal, and is equal dimension on all sides. This is also my very first DIY tank so I want to try to make it as simple as possible. Economics is another issue as well; everything including glass, filter, light, etc...should be under $100. So this will be another challenge; one that I am willing to take on. So now I need your helps.

Few questions lurk at this time. What type/brand of glass should I use? What is the optimum, safe thickness of the glass?(Xema posted her tank in Aquabotanic a while ago with some info) Acrylic vs. glass; which is more doable given my situation? Silant choices; silicone vs. Marine Goop?

Any input greatly appreciated! If everything does work out then I will be more than willing to take step by step photos to show the progress.
Thanks so much :)

Paul

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Ken, I am the one who needs to say thank you for all the inspiration and innovation! I have been reading and re-reading your posts just so I can get all the info into my head cus I'm sucha slow learner and memorizer:p Yes, the seamless and frameless design is what I am trying to go after. Now with the tank material I might just go after the glass choice, since I think the acrylic would require more skill; something which I lack right now. But I would definitely love to check out your friends' design!


Art, that is pure nuts, man! $250 for 6X6??? Oh my god! You gotta be either too rich or too generous, hehe:) But still, it never hurts to immerse oneself in some indulgence once in a while;)

Thanks, guys!

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Hey guys, thank you all so much for the feedback! Lately I've been having a lot of personal issues to deal with so haven't had the chance to really dive into this project. However, as of now I am pretty much sure I will use glass as my tank material as it is more readily available in my area. Acrylic will be an excellent next-level project in the future, though:)

Right now I just need to go and get the materials. I will also build my own stand, much similar to what Xema did. I learned so much from all you people. So just wanna say thanks once again. I will definitely post the tank's progress in the following months.

BTW, has anyone ever used Marine Goop to seal tanks? I have it and it says it is waterproof. So could I possibly use this to glue the glasses?

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Art, thanks so much:) I am currently 'downsizing' my tanks so the DIY project will have to wait. The sad thing is, I am actually putting up several tanks and leaving only three! Good thing is I will now be able to concentrate solely on these 3, and aquascape them really well....or so I hope! You guys are all my inspirations;)

Paul
 
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