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    Posted: February 19 2014 at 1:43pm
I got some dirt cheap glass from my work that I am planning on using for an aquarium build, I plan on having the glass glued (clear resin epoxy glue) instead of silicon, any thoughts on using that instead of silicon, it's permanent and holds stronger, I was told that the glass would break before the bond breaks.  However I am interested in feedback on the idea.

Also, Where would I buy the overflow box that can be used for a bottom drilled tank?  I found ones for a side drilled tank, but nothing for a bottom drilled system.

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How thick is the glass and how large a tank are you thinking of building? The real issue with a rigid epoxy is that the glass bows under the pressure of the water. Having a rigid joint means that the glass has to be able to absorb any pressure applied instead of it being transferred to the flexible joint as it is with Silicon.

If the glass is much thicker than what the size of the tank requires, then I might think about trying a rigid joint. If not, then I wouldn't do it.

Glassholes makes overflow boxes for both corner, back and hang on styles. Tyler at Elite could whip you some up pretty nice as well. Krazie
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I wouldn't epoxy the glass together, the silicone has some flex to it that is needed. You can call and ask the shop guys at beehive glass how well that worked for them, Lets just say they had a total tank failure.

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I'm building a 120 gal, 48x24x24.  The glass is 1/2 inch, however I can get thicker in needed, at least for the bottom.  The flex makes sense, I will stick with silicon.

I can't find any full length boxes on glass holes, I might be able to make my own if I could find some plans or diagrams.  It seems pretty popular to make your own stand, but tanks diagrams/plans aren't as plentiful, I will keep looking.

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No expert here, but I'd bet a rimless tank probably need 5/8 inch glass.    My 150 is framed glass top and bottom and is made from 1/2 inch materials.  Something I would look into if it were me. 
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1/2 is fine for a 120 rimless but that is the cut off.
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I will double check the gauge, the front and the sides are likely 1/2 inch, I can get and will likely have thicker for the bottom and back.  I take it they don't make after market rims?
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So I have 1/2 inch Starphire glass I am planning on using for the front and sides, right now it's 50 inches by 48 inches, I am planning on cutting it on the waterjet down to 3 sheets one at 48x24 and two 24x24. 

I'm wondering if there is someone out there that would be interested in trading the Starphire for a reef ready tank 100 gallon or more?  Has anyone heard of that?

The bottom and sides are non-tempered glass, I'm still looking at what we have in stock that they will let me have at a decent price, the stuff we have is very thick, normally 5/8 to 1 inch, the 1/2 is probably the thinnest we have for what we do.
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Glass thickness isn't determined from gallons. Going 24" tall with 1/2" glass a at 48" long is below the desired safety factor 7:1. I would recommend 5/8" thick glass for 48x24x24. Thickness of glass is determined by height and width of the aquarium, the taller you go, the more pressure towards the bottom.
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I know some of the biggest names in aquariums, Building 120 with 1/2, Leemar, Reef Savy,my Reef creation,Age, as well as us, I would dare to say 1/2 is pretty safe if built correctly. We were also referencing dimensions for the gallons.

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Would it be best then to go down to 48x18 to play it safe?
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make your rim out of glass ! " Euro brace " it and go big !             

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if you want it done right and the silicone job to be perfect, no bubbles, etc, get Eric to build it.  His builds are primo.

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I like the Euro Bracing, that looks nice!  At this point I am probably looking for someone who will build it for me, I would provide the glass and silicone if I have to, then just pay for labor, anyone out there that is trusted enough to build it that would do that?

Either that or I can trade the glass for a tank or partial trade, the glass can be cut to any size, the starphyer is 50 inches by 48 inches, I will have it beveled and polished and holes cut with the waterjet so it will be accurate...

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You know someone with a water jet?
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