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    Getting a glass aquarium built

    I'm in the process of getting a glass aquarium built. The company that is doing it just works with glass and doesn't have much experience with aquariums. So whatever I get them to build there is no guarantee. Basically I just want to get some input on what I have planned.

    I'm thinking about going with 48"x 24" x 24" for 120 gallons total. I believe the glass thickness should be 3/8 - 10mm. Also they're going to use a GE silicone that states for aquarium use right on the tube. Is there anything else needed for support in a tank this size? or would just the silicone suffice?

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    the silicone is fine. I found better stuff at HOME HARDWARE that said for AQUARIUM use and it rocked. I'd use 12mm glass.
    if they never built a tank I would do it your self as there is somethinking to it and I can help. what are you useing for bracing?? silicone is strong but ya need bracing.

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    Whats the brand of silicone your getting from Home Hardware?. Not sure about bracing, can get a aluminum trim to go around the top and bottom of the tank. Would I need something across the middle of the tank? About the glass thickness, they have 10mm in stock, 12mm has to be ordered , takes a month to come in

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    a month is only 4 weeks[patience] no to the steel trim. use either cross bracing or euro bracing and use glass. Its not to hard.silicone was a HOME HARWARE product [there own]
    I like euro [3'' trim all around the inside at the same thickness of your glass] and cross brace. I'm paranoid LOL

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    Would be possible to use Glass as a cross brace correct?. Have any information on how to do the euro method of bracing, i'm assuming the 3" would be on the tob and bottom of the tank.

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    why not get it from a company that has experience building aquariums (Oceanic or the like)? this way you will be able to sleep better at night and there will be less of a chance of ending up with 120 gallons of water flowing through your house.
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    Well after I found out it would cost me around $1500 to get an aquarium I wanted from one of those companies. I quickly decided to go another route. I know a couple people with DIY tanks, going strong. I'd build it myself if I had the tools, so im getting a glass company to cut the glass and assemble it for me.

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    Johnny,

    How visible is the euro-bracing? Do you have any info on how its done?

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    Why glass? You could do the same thing in acrylic, and it is easy to assemble. Get some weldon, and away you go.
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    Quite a bit more $$ to buy acrylic locally then glass. I also don't like that acrylic scratches easier.

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