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My Diy Aquarium


SusanH

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My fiance and I are making our own aquarium. In the 70's his father made this aquarium but about 12 years ago it was taken apart and stored in the garage for the entire time. Back then they sort of only used under gravel filtration, and since this is going to be saltwater (SORRY!- I thought this was best as it is DIY section) we have to add the sump/overflow/everything else. It is in the shape of a dodecahedron and holds 70 gallons not counting sump.

What it started as- cut glass.

http://torgo.spleens.net/aquariums/70_dode...bs_of_glass.jpg

Before cleaning

http://torgo.spleens.net/aquariums/70_dodec/02_filthy.jpg

starting to join it

http://torgo.spleens.net/aquariums/70_dodec/06_joining4.jpg

a little farther along

http://torgo.spleens.net/aquariums/70_dodec/08_joining10.jpg

After creating the center overflow we flipped it to join the base. All that's left is siliconing the outside (inside is done)

http://torgo.spleens.net/aquariums/70_dode...se_attached.jpg

So as you can see it still needs major work but is coming along well. I am very excited about our unique aquarium! I will continue to post pictures as it progresses.

If this is the wrong spot feel free to move it - Sorry if it is!

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What a very unique shape indeed! :heart The only thing I would worry about is the water pressure doing a number on the connected pieces, especially on the sides. But if it has been running many years before that, it must have held together.

Can't wait how it looks with everything set up! :happydance

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Thanks everyone, here is a picture with all the tape off and the extra silicone trimmed off.

http://torgo.spleens.net/aquariums/70_dode...hed_sealing.jpg

Ranchugirl, this tank ran for a good 10 or 12 years and never once leaked. Of course, we had to redo the silicone and everything (but it's probably a better sealant now than in the early 70's anyway) but the shape is tried and true :D

Eek, I am consumed by thinking about what sort of critters to keep and it's not even done yet.

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:) That is so cool! I love the shape, as I said before! :heart I can't wait to see it once you have it full of water and decor and with what ever you will put in for fish! Have you decided on the fish yet? It will be so preatty!
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Whoa! That's such a unique tank! I don't think I've ever seen one in that shape, or a similar shape, EVER. Not even at aquariums!

Can't wait to see how your decorate it and what fishies you get for it!!! (Oooh maybe a starfish?)

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Eek, I am consumed by thinking about what sort of critters to keep and it's not even done yet.

It reminds of the origional Star Wars Jedi fighting ships, well without the wings. You could get a betta and call it Darth Betta! :rofl Ok no more bad jokes, I promise. erm yeah

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Oh I LOVE it!!! :heart That is going to be an absolutely beautiful (conversation starter!) feature in your living room. Will you have substrate or go barebottom? I know what I'd do.. :ignore That's the pipe part of the original filter system that was used in the middle right?

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