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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #704

Bob, that's also a great idea...  The tank (actually two tanks, a 6' and a
3' cabineted to look like a single unit) is glass, and unfortunately (as you
note) glass is a pain to DIY with, particularly as regarding drilling holes
(or my overflow would be a lot simpler :-).  The sides and back are blacked
out, however, so now I'm wondering about using black plex, perhaps leaving
the bottom seperated from the glass by an inch and with some nylon covered
eggcrate in the bottom to allow water to flow in.  Has anyone come up with
any effective way to bond plex to glass, however?  Last I looked (a few
years ago) that was a little problematic...

- Chuck

Bob Dixon writes:

>Chuck writes:
>> I'm trying to figure out a way to rig an immersive / bog planting area
>>  around the rim of the tank, on the back and on the sides.  What I'd like
>>  do is have a margin of around 2" of suspended substrate in some sort of
>>  channel that has holes so that tank water can keep the substrate wet.

>I recommend you glue either glass or plexiglas (depending on the material
>the tank) around the rim of the tank at a 45 degree angle across the back
>on both sides.  Silicone or acetate solvevnt weld (again depending on the
>material) will hold the weight.  If you are using glass, 3/8 thick. Have
>glass cut to shape and holes drilled by the glass shop.  You will need
>trapezoidal shaped pieces so that you can get the intersections of the
>to look like the quarter-round trim in the corner of a hardwood floor/wall.
>With plexiglas, you can drill the holes yourself.  Again, 3/8.  I would use
>Lucite if you can use it.
>If you want to add struts from the bottom of the tank, make them out of the
>same material.  Both Glass and Lucite are available in "rounds" that should
>partially disappear in the water and the rest of the plants.
>Bob Dixon