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Old 03/05/2018, 07:38 PM   #1
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Chopping 120gal



I want to cut up my old 120 gal and build a 90 gallon rimless cube with the glass. Itíll be 30x30. Iím wondering with 1/2 glass, could I get away making it rimless or would I need additional support?


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Old 03/05/2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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Height determines the bracing. 1/2" glass at 24" tall would likely need bracing. I probably would go with a euro brace.

Having done something like this before myself it has some challenges.

You'll need a new bottom pane and will need someone to cut up the glass for you. Just cleaning the silicone off is a chore on it's own. Getting a glass shop to cut this for you may be an uphill battle. You'll need the edges flat polished as well. Know you will have a ton of elbow grease into the build.


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Old 03/05/2018, 08:37 PM   #3
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Iím up for the challenge. At what height could I get away without bracing? Somewhere between 12-18Ē height?


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Old 03/08/2018, 06:28 PM   #4
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Here goes...
Day 1: breakdown the tank into panes of glass! End goal is a 30x30x18 rimless reef.


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Old 03/08/2018, 06:43 PM   #5
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The tank is a standard 4'x2'x2' 120 gallon that will give you 4 - 30"x18" pieces of glass?


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Old 03/08/2018, 06:47 PM   #6
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The tank is a standard 4'x2'x2' 120 gallon that will give 4 - 30"x18" pieces of glass?


Oops. 24x24x18 something else in my mind. Good catch!


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Old 03/08/2018, 06:56 PM   #7
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With 1/2" glass you more than likely can go 24" tall no problem. I'm not a tank builder but we're not talking a huge volume, just a 60g cube


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Old 03/08/2018, 07:24 PM   #8
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Tank broken down. Tomorrow Iíll clean and polish the glass.

Side conversation: I have my 29 Biocube I want to move from to this new tank. I want to hook up another 30 gallon tank to my dt to acclimate more live rock and water to avoid the new tank cycling. Any ideas or has this been done before?


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Old 03/11/2018, 11:32 AM   #9
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There are too many opinions on the use of spacers when building tanks! I need thoughts and ideas. The sides with be on top of the bottom. What material can I use to make sure the weight of the glass doesnít smash the silicone out of the seam?


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Old 03/11/2018, 07:20 PM   #10
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Starting to dry fit tank together! One more piece to cut, then Iíll flat sand edges and clean and polish scratches out of the glass.


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Old 03/25/2018, 02:27 PM   #11
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Alright! Pieces are cut, edges flat polished and Iím ready to assemble! There are a couple of scratches that were too deep to polish out. Would the scratches show up more if they faced the outside or inside the tank?


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Old 03/25/2018, 09:35 PM   #12
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Inside scratches will grow algae in them.


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Old 05/02/2018, 07:26 PM   #13
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Itís been a while since I updated. Tank is built, stand is almost complete.


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