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Old 02/28/2011, 05:19 AM   #26
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TY for the kind words.
If everything goes well today, I hope to have a 920 in my house by tonight.


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Old 02/28/2011, 07:41 AM   #27
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Thanks for the confidence builder, your tank is what me make the decision on 1/2" glass!! Your tank loos amazing. If you don't mind I have a couple questions. Do you know what kind of silicon your builder used? And did he use spacers between the panels and what thickness were they if he did. I found your thread on your tank after I designed mine and was amazed that it was almost identical to mine. It made me feel like all my research and drawings were worth while. Can't wait to see your 900 gallon!!!

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Old 03/02/2011, 09:57 PM   #28
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Ok I've decided on my spacer size and silicone type. Spacers will be 1/8" wide by 1/16" thick clear lexan cut from an old rc car body I had, and silicone will be GE RTV108 or 103. I need suggestions on silicone color? My tank will have a 1-1/2" black abs plastic rim at top and bottom very similar to oceanic tanks and will be black back. So do I go with black or clear seams? my glass arrived today and I will be assembling tank next Saturday.

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Old 03/04/2011, 09:32 AM   #29
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Old 03/04/2011, 09:34 AM   #30
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Couple Pics of stand and build platform


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Old 03/04/2011, 10:07 AM   #31
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Ok I've decided on my spacer size and silicone type. Spacers will be 1/8" wide by 1/16" thick clear lexan cut from an old rc car body I had, and silicone will be GE RTV108 or 103. I need suggestions on silicone color? My tank will have a 1-1/2" black abs plastic rim at top and bottom very similar to oceanic tanks and will be black back. So do I go with black or clear seams? my glass arrived today and I will be assembling tank next Saturday.

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I think black looks nice. Where did you come up with the abs rim?

btw. The stand looks great!


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Old 03/04/2011, 11:43 AM   #32
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photo.jpgI really like the look of my oceanic so I wanted to keep the same style


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Old 03/04/2011, 04:05 PM   #33
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Glass is HERE!!!! To bad I have to wait till next weekend to startphoto 1.jpg

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Old 03/11/2011, 08:21 PM   #34
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any updates?
we want to see lots of pics


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Old 03/11/2011, 10:20 PM   #35
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Getting ready for the big build tomorrow I've got all my build jigs ready to go here's some pics. I will post all the build photos tomorrow night. Im a little nervous only for lifting the 180 lb.photo 3-1.jpg

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photo 1-1.jpg panels into place. I borrowed my glass guys suction cups,just have a hard time trusting those things.


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Old 03/11/2011, 10:31 PM   #36
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finally found use for the hundreds of my extra business cards, If you look close at the build stand you can see them under the glass being used as shims to create a perfectly flat build stand.


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Old 03/11/2011, 10:34 PM   #37
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Also one note Im not sure why I called this my 400 gallon build since it calcs out at 489 gallons


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Old 03/12/2011, 06:44 AM   #38
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Can you post pics of where you lay the silicone? THanks


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Old 03/12/2011, 08:34 AM   #39
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After all this careful consideration and $$, could I recommend that you have a couple friends come over to help navigate those heavy panels?

Looking forward to seeing it come together. Not sure if you've already made the decision but RTV108 (clear) gets my vote.


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Old 03/12/2011, 09:37 AM   #40
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Dan looking real good, keep up with positive thinking.


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Old 03/12/2011, 09:47 AM   #41
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I have heard that for DIY clear silicon is better as it is easier to see any bubbles in the seams and the conncetion of the seams. Though black looks a lot cooler and will blend with your background better.


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Old 03/12/2011, 09:50 AM   #42
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Nice job so far, Dan. It looks like you really did your homework and I'm sure everything will turn out fine. Looking forward to seeing the progress.


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Old 03/12/2011, 10:27 AM   #43
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I'd probably go with black RTV103 for the look. Black seams really seem to add a lot to a tank.

BTW...are you putting your equipment under the tank or in a separate room?

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Old 03/12/2011, 12:36 PM   #44
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I went with rtv 103 for the seams and will be using rtv 108 for all the euro bracing up top.this one is a family project so my wife and two sons will be helping today. My 21 year old son can bench 320 lbs so he will be on the other side of the panels with me.I'm finishing taping everything off right now and will start assembling in a couple hours.


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Old 03/12/2011, 12:37 PM   #45
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Exciting, keep taking those pics


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Old 03/12/2011, 07:07 PM   #46
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photo 2-10.jpgWell The build pressure is over!! Everything went better than I could have imagined. here's some pics of the build. I will be starting all the bracing monday.


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Old 03/12/2011, 07:11 PM   #47
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Old 03/12/2011, 07:15 PM   #48
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Old 03/12/2011, 07:19 PM   #49
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Old 03/12/2011, 07:20 PM   #50
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Looks awesome! I like the upright support jigs. Great thinking! Lazy old me would've used a pneumatic or electric gun. You must've squeezed three miles of RTV!

Don't know if you planned for this, but the finished product is gonna weigh many, many pounds. Think about inviting your son's friends. Serioulsy, the only thing that would worry me beyond this point is moving it. How are you planning on attacking it?


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