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post #31 of 37 Old 02-25-2013, 08:34 PM
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I've always heard that epoxy paint and pool paint are the safest to use for aquariums...they're pricey though. As for the glue, again, I've heard that aquarium safe epoxy is very good. Aquarium silicone sealer / adhesive is good also. It would probably be a good idea to stabilize the layers with your free hand or some other arrangement in any event. I had some friends that made a tank out of plexiglass and plywood that lasted for years. Bottom and three sides were plywood. They painted it with epoxy paint and it lasted until they both got tired of it.

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post #32 of 37 Old 02-26-2013, 01:21 AM
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Really like how it is going :D
Seems to be awesome :D

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post #33 of 37 Old 03-16-2013, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all,
Its been busy with work and well i got a crash posting tosea so the build got put on hold again. But i am currently testing a glue to see how strong the bond is and purchased a dremel bit to do some shaping of sorts to remove the sharp edges. Going to run the test piece under a hot gun to see how it all shapes out.

I am looking at 100% acrylic paints and Bunnings (Home depot in australia) can mix up the colours as i require for $8 a tin. Now im just trying to figure out how to drop the reflection when i finaly get some balls and go with an epoxy resin to seal the entire background.

The wife brought home some Marine Grade fibreglass repair kits and well im still trying to get rock solid evidence that the resin used is non toxic to fish. Kinda dont want to cover it all with the resin and find out after its siliconed in that the fish are doomed. So annoying. I hate it when my brain has to make a decision.
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post #34 of 37 Old 04-10-2013, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all. Work is slow and annoying on the tank. Finding time to get work done on it is really grinding my gears. Little progress has been made except shaping. I've attached pictures. Got all the extras together for final plumbing test fit which will be the next thing on my to do list
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post #35 of 37 Old 07-15-2014, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, its amazing when I read the disclaimer down the bottom saying the thread is more than 461 days old.
My apologies I guess. Being on Deployment certainly put the build on hold.

However a quick progress report since returning to Australia. The background is painted, the epoxy resin is on order and hopefully I can begin coating by the weekend. Especially given the fact I am on holidays until september, so hoping to get the build done before spring and the birth of my child.
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post #36 of 37 Old 07-16-2014, 03:44 AM
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Glad to know that your back and still working on the tank!
Look forward to some more updates.

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post #37 of 37 Old 07-17-2014, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Well some painting was done starting with a black base and building the colors up in small stages. I have also managed to make a decision on epoxy and begun sealing the top tiers as a test.

Hope you enjoy

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