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Fish Tank Forum • View topic - tank sealant
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tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:38 pm
by jimpunker
Hi guys,

I was thinking about trying to put together my own tank using some second hand tanks. I've got a glass cutter so I can get the right sizes needed. What I need to know is a strong sealant I can use to hold it all together.

Any suggestions??

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:33 pm
by malakye
Use aquarium safe silicon, just make sure the glass is really clean before you use it.

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:42 pm
by Kempinski
Use alcohol to clean the surface you want to seal together, it cleans it perfectly and evaporates completely.

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:45 pm
by jimpunker
This is the kind of thing I'm thinking. It's 2 foot wide, 1 foot deep and 1.10 feet high.

I estimate it's about 56 lts and then I'll have marginal plants on the top shelf. Maybe a frog too...

The smaller gap is for an internal filter (I have no space for external filtration atm) this will also serve as a pump to supply a water fall that I'll create around the hole. The water will flood through the top shelf substrate and then flow over into the tank.

Think this will work?

new idea.jpg

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:54 pm
by malakye
BigDen is the technically minded one so he will be best to advise you on this working.

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:59 pm
by Kempinski
That's a great amphibian/fish set-up...as long as you plan to have a canopy on too. :P
But seriously, it's an awesome design, I'm really looking forward to the end result pictures. :thu:

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:02 pm
by jimpunker
There will be a canopy on it yes lol. As I plan to make it from two tanks I should have one that fits. Then I just have to figure out lighting which I will probably turn to the forum for help. Might be a white until I get around to doing this but hopefully will get it done!

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:07 pm
by malakye
I agree it will be great to see this come to life. I have sent Den a message asking him to give his technical knowhow a work out on this and give you his ideas and help.

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:19 pm
by jimpunker
Thanks Malakye. I'd love to get this done quickly but money is restricted :-(

Re: tank sealant

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:19 am
by Big Den
The top section will need to be at least 80mm deep to allow for the roots of marginal plants, and you will have to be careful which ones you choose, as most grow quite tall. If you have the outflow from a filter running onto this section there is a danger that the substrate will get washed away. You will also need a heater, if you intend growing tropical plants, which will also supply the humidity. If you use an upside down aquarium for the top section/lid, there is a real danger of accidents when removing it for maintenance, may be better to use an acrylic one.
I would, using what you have, make a tray section 80mm deep and set the bottom of it 100mm above the base. fill the 'tray with 30mm 'John Innes No 3' and cover with 50mm fine river sand. Compact the compost so that it is quite firm. I would keep the water level just above the 'tray' to keep the substrate wet. If you don't intend to keep fish filtration shouldn't be a problem so bare minimum for this. Not quite sure what you mean as regards the 'waterfall'.