Interesting Tips On How To Build A Fish Tank

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If you of a mind to construct your personal fish tank, these helpful instructions will help you with the process. It gives the materials, instruments, prep work and step by step guide to completing the project.

How To Build A Fish Tank

Required Materials

Silicon Carbide Sandpaper



Duct tape

Silicon sealant


Step one:

Determine the size fish tank you want to construct and figure out the thickness of the glass necessary using a convenient aquarium calculator that can be found on the internet. This will let you know the aquarium volume, glass thickness, glass area, glass weight and total combined weight of the glass and water.

Step two:

Place an order for the glass from a glass cutter. You will have five pieces of glass required for the tank. (Four sides and the bottom)

Step three:

When you acquire the glass, the edges will be extremely sharp from the glass cutter. Sand the edges of the glass using Silicon Carbide Sandpaper or an emery cloth until they are smooth.

Step four:

Place the pieces of glass so that they are easily identifiedand correctly tag each piece bottom, left, right, back and front using a washable marker. Also tag which sides will be the inside and outside of walls of the tank.

Building Your Fish Tank

Step one:

Pull 20 pieces of duct tape that are approximatly 5-6 inches in length. Put them to hang lightly from the edge of a table or workbench until you need them.

Step two:

Start with the glass that will be the base of the tank, position it on a flat surface with the side labeled inside facing up.

Put some acetone on a paper towel or cloth and wipe the entire edge of the glass

Step three:

Gently elevate the glass and position eight of the duct tape strips under the glass. Position the duct tape so that half if is stuck to the outside of the glass and the other half is hanging free. When placed correctly, the sticky side will be facing up. Try to space the tape as equally as possible on each side.

Step four:

Make a line of silicon sealant and along length of the base that will be connected to the front piece of glass.

Choose the piece of glass that is labeled front and position beside to the edge you have distinguished as the front of the base

Press the front glass firmly to the line of silicon sealant, and move the strips of duct tape so that the loose pieces stick to the outside of the front pane.

Do not attempt to wipe away any sealant that has leaked out under the edge.

Step five:

Make another line of sealant on the left or right side of the tank as well as along the edge of the front pane where the new piece will be touching.

Step six:

Attach the side panel and make sure it is put securely against both the bottom and front glass.

Hold the glass level and add two more pieces of duct tape to secure the corner and front pieces of glass to each other.

Step seven:

Duplicate the previous two steps until all four sides have been secured to the base and each other with the Silicon sealant and supported by the duct tape.

Step eight:

Make the silicon sealant along all eight inside corners, that is: the four corners that make up the base and the four where each of the walls meet.

Use your fingers to blot the silicone sealant into the edges.

Step nine:

Let the sealant dry for 24 hours before continuing to the final step.

Step ten:

Fill your new fish tank with water and let it sit it for a minimum of 24 hours.

See that there are no leaks from any of the joints.

If there are no leaks and the tank does not break or crack from the pressure, Congratulations you have successfully built your personal fish tank!

Tips and warnings:

Always use protective gear when touching and sanding glass. Goggles, masks and gloves are essential.

If you are unsure about the measurements for the thickness of the glass, double check with a pet shop so that the tank will not crack.

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