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Re: [APD] (no subject)
Here are two very good on-line forums where lots of people have
discussed making hoods and light fixtures.
One very nice looking one was made of PVC pipe, split along the
length, baked in an oven to soften it, and reformed into a hood.
Just visit the DIY sub-forums and look through them. I have my split
wooden hood on APC, with photos, etc.
About metal frames for tanks: what ever you do, don't use a metal
that corrodes. Years ago I had a tank, my first one, that had a
steel frame, which rusted out within a couple of years. Even
aluminum can corrode. Stainless steel is about the only metal that
will be trouble free. But, it really makes no sense to use a frame,
with the good silicone sealants/adhesives we have available today.
Almost no commercial tanks are built today that don't rely upon the
silicone to hold them together.
There is a very good thread on one of those forums about how to make
a frameless tank, with excellent instructions for doing it.
On Sep 17, 2006, at 10:39 PM, Davorin Palijan wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> every few years I drop out of lurking mode and it seems its time
> for another question.
> It's about resealing the tank, and I couldn't find answers in the
> I'm in the proces of redoing the 200L tank-hood-stand (all DIY-ed
> some 6 years ago) and would like to make tank with metal frame.
> After tearing the old tank apart (which was easier to do than I
> expected) I decided not to trust only to silicone to hold all
> that water in place. So, I would very much apreciate any
> sugestions on doing glass/metal frame/silicone tank (how much
> larger the frame should be, what metal should i use, asembling
> of the whole thing together...). And I would like to know about
> the principle behind the silicone sealant - is it chemicaly
> bonding with glass or just adhering to it? Is it necesarry to
> sand the surfaces of old joints in order to be shure there are
> no traces of old silicone?
> Regarding hood - I have two part folding hood (I think George
> Booth's webpage was the place where I saw the idea long time
> ago) and would like to know if some new DIY ideas came along
> recently (I'm not so agile lurker as I was before).
> Thank you, this list did wonders for me (and my plants/fish) and
> still is most relevant source of information on aquarium
> Thank you people,
> Davorin Palijan, Croatia
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