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Re: tanks as cheap as possible -Reply
cgraseck at ludl_com wrote:
> Reply >>Opaque glass dividers.
> I have done quite a bit of glass tank modification and as I remember the
> price for Opaque glass was always prohibitive. Smoke glass which is very
> dark is still clear enough to easily see through but one thing that might
> work nicely would be to rough up the surface with emery paper. This works
> really well with acrylic and might also work well with glass.
It doesn't work well with glass. The scratches tend to greatly weaken it
(a glass cutter is just a device to scratch glass). In addition, the
frostiness in air almost goes away when submerged. That is, it becomes
quite transparent again.
Black acrylic is probably the easiest to use and cheapest material for
opaque dividers. Silicone doesn't stick well to it, but it doesn't need
to if bonded to the glass and surrounding the edges of the divider.
I have siliconed the back edge of plastic report-cover-binding strips
(like a closed "U" channel) to the glass, and then slid plastic canvas
or solid sheets down into them. That way the panels are removable if you
need more space. I even made an 8-compartment Betta tank that way, by
running one divider the long way.
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