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    Glueing Glass together

    Well here's my dilemma, I've been calling all over the Ottawa area and glass is pretty expensive. So I found a local who is selling some window panes for cheap. They are 3/16" thick or 4.75 mm.

    My question is how can i go about doubling up these panes to make my aquarium, It's going to be 16" high and most places online recomend 6mm glass for this height. Now I know that 9.5mm thick is a little overkill for this height aquarium but i don't want to fall short either with a single layer of 3/16".

    Would I need to glue the whole face of the window ? Or can I get away with laying a bead of glue/epoxy/sillicone around the edges only ? Any help would be appreciated !

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    I would just buy 6 mm glass, not worth saving some $$, it could cost you in the end more. Buy a pre made tank, much cheaper, or if you want a custom one, suck it up and buy the correct glass. Normally the glass is about $7/sqrft. I had my baffles for my sump 6 mm and all of the pieces were $50 for 5 pieces of glass approx 11"x10"
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    hey bud,
    for small tanks, you are not saving a dime.. its only in large custom tanks that your saving from building it yourself.

    as for overkill, yes.. please do make overkill.. you will rest/sleep better at night that its stronger then its supposed to be.

    have you called m&t glass and brown&macfarlane ? brown&macfarlane is usually insanely cheap.

    but if your sticking with small tanks, just head over to big alls and choose a tank you like.. cheaper and done with tons of calculations in mind and a warranty.

    cheers!

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    Thanks for the input you guys. I will instead use the glass for my sump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom111 View Post
    Thanks for the input you guys. I will instead use the glass for my sump.
    I am not sure you are aware but windows are made from tempered glass for safety. Which means you cannot cut them to the size you require they will just shatter.

    If you want to DIY the tank or sump maybe try acrylic but as liv pointed out at this size it is just as cheap at Big Als.
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    ahhh, Rob has a very good point !
    make 100% sure its not tempered else it will break in a million pieces.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
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    Thank you

    After reading this I realize the challenges of DIY. I think I will just purchase a new one rather than having my family aquarium restored.

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