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#1 ryan overfield

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:48 AM

After looking at riggertron's diy tank build i thought how hard can it "really" be ? I already had the glass cut but have been putting it off for ages... (not wanting to mess it up).. but this morning i got myself some sellys glass laid all the pieces out took a deep breath and started to run the beads of silicon,I put theback and one side together then the other side , the the first side fell off ohmy.gif ,but after puting that side up againput the front on squeezed it al together and wrapped it like 5 times with tape and sealed the inside . (my silicon work needs a bit of practice) tomorrow i will put the bracing in and hopefully my new 3"x1.25x1.5" actually holds water !!! all in all i think it went ok but i guess ill find out in a couple of days:)


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#2 Anka

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:57 AM

how certain can you be that it won't fall apart in a years time and flood your house?

I'd be a bit worried about that :S

But nice job, looks good smile.gif

#3 ryan overfield

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:50 AM

Here is the tank been holding strong for 2 days smile.gif with my diy lights and stand ! for my red peacocks and yellow labs smile.gif

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#4 Robbotheyobbo

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:54 AM

how long did you let the silicon set for before putting water in it ?

#5 Evil_Boof

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:24 AM

dude if you posted your first post the day you did it, but from what i read you said this morning, then the silicon only got 24 hours to set before having water in it.

dude i havnt built many tanks.. but i left the ones i did for atleast 3 or even 4 days before putting water in it.


goodluck, but i wouldnt hold my breath on that tank holding for long

#6 Cam85

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:33 AM

QUOTE (Evil_Boof @ Jan 20 2012, 09:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
goodluck, but i wouldnt hold my breath on that tank holding for long


+1 for this. I generally leave any repairs I have done for at least a week just to be sure

#7 ryan overfield

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:17 PM

I left it for 72 hours like the tube said so it should be fine besides it has been very hot! you guys are a tough crowd !!!

#8 werdna

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:31 PM

If you look at the bottom of the tube it says....
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For aquariums, allow the product to fully cure for 7 days. Prior to usage, throughly wash out with water, drain and refill before introducing fish.


Also your first post was on the 17th and you said you glued that morning (ignoring the fact that braces went on on the 18th) today is the 20th and you say it has been holding water for 2 days. I will assume that means you filled up yesterday and are counting yesterday and today as 2 days.
72 hours is 3 days, build 17th, fill 19th is 2 days.
There is no way you left it for the full 72 hours!

It is entirely up to you when you fill it up, people are just concerned.
Also I personally would have tested the tank outside...

#9 Furnix

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:10 PM

i was about to say the same thing!

We aren't trying to have a go at you, just very worried that you will come home and there wont be any water in your tank. I did a repair job and left it for a week and it still had a leak (luckily it was outside!)

#10 sandgroper

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

The longer you leave it the better, i know it's hard sometimes, especially if it's your first tank. This also applies to adding fish, don't add them all at once, do it gradually over a period of months and alot of the problems will be avoided. cheers Steve p.s I,ve got my fingers crossed for you, good luck.

#11 Sarah Jayne

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

pictures if it collapses please

#12 Robbotheyobbo

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

not if, but when, where in the house and how much it will stuff when it lets go

QUOTE (Sarah Jayne @ Jan 20 2012, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
pictures if it collapses please


i hope it doesnt, but i dont like your chances mate

may have been cheaper and easier to just buy the tank from one of the shops near you

we really dont want to be seeing a cryin ryan laugh.gif

Edited by Robbotheyobbo, 20 January 2012 - 07:11 PM.


#13 ryan overfield

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:30 PM

QUOTE (Sarah Jayne @ Jan 20 2012, 07:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
pictures if it collapses please



for sure ! it is currently cycling in tha shed with a mystery snail. so if its gonna fail then meh ! you can only learn from your mistakes ! But im naturally lucky . cool.gif

#14 werdna

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

There is a good chance it will hold if it has been full for a day, it is a small tank after all.
But next time I would recommend you wait.

Could you still smell the acetic acid when you filled it?
You should atleast wait until there is no smell anymore.

Good luck

Andrew

#15 ryan overfield

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:39 PM

seriously its a first attempt with a snail in my shed i dont get why you are all so critical it was not meant to be an all informative guide on how to build a tank i just had a bit of fun!! im not offended at all i just never thought it was so serious here and i apologise.
Cheers ryan

Andrew the (vinegar smell had well and truly disappeared)it will be all good!


#16 Sarah Jayne

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:44 PM

Oh darn I was hoping for some full carnage, pictures of the ruined carpet, furniture, and the missus face. =( disappointed.

Good luck matey! What are you putting in there?

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:00 PM

Red peacocks and yellow labs Sarah read above

#18 ryan overfield

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:52 AM

QUOTE (Sarah Jayne @ Jan 20 2012, 10:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh darn I was hoping for some full carnage, pictures of the ruined carpet, furniture, and the missus face. =( disappointed.

Good luck matey! What are you putting in there?

YOUR EVIL Rofl_3f.gif ........ i love it

#19 Riggers

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:59 PM

Nice one Ryan smile.gif

Livin on the edge, I reckon you'll be fine ey, I've built small tanks and had water in em within 48hrs, I've also repaired tanks and refilled within 6hrs!! The times set out on the tube are general and so they cover there asses, that's why the selleys brand says "for small aquariums", bostik v2 is the goods and you can get it from Seaview smile.gif

Cheers
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#20 Departure

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

Just out of interest, Is this tank still holding? I have my money on that its still in action, Sellys Silicone is pretty good, and products always over estimate how much time you should wait... But in the slight chance that it didn't hold I hope you took some snap shots of the mess




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