My ADA 60p and 30p replica

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    Originally I built 2 ADA replica cabinets with the idea of one day getting the ADA tanks for them.

    The current 2ft tanks doesn't fit 100%, as I have made the tops of the cabinets 600x400.

    Would of loved to get the real ADA tanks, but they are just too expensive.

    So decided to build it myself. Going to attempt to not build it like most tanks in SA, I.e. without the corner silicone bead. Therefore it will be a clean look, similar to the ADA tanks.

    Got some good info on how the japs actually build this type of tank. Thanks Frankyb.

    So got the equipment to build it now.
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    And today picked up the glass. All will be 8mm.

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    Actually wanted to get optiwhite glass, but that was way too expensive. You guys must of guessed by now that I'm very budget conscious. I am a Quantity Surveyor, so guess that's in my nature.

    So did a dry fit and to plan exactly how to do it.

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    That is the 30p cube.

    Will be first doing a smaller "tank" first to get the hang of it. Got glass for a 250x250x100mm high wabi kusa tank.

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    Think I'll start with the silicone tomorrow, hopefully.

    Here's a photo of the corner, without silicone. Does almost look like the ADA. Hehe.

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    Enjoy.
     
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    Nice to see that you're doing the floating base as well! Good stuff, keep the updates coming!
     
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    Nice work Sunny :cool: Will be following this for sure.
     
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    Have you thought about sticking the tape then cutting it to the edge with a blade to give you a straight line before you start with the silicone, with the acrylic aquarium they suggest you use needels to insert between the sheet the get the spacing, do not know if it will help with a glass build?
     
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    nice!
     
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    Here is the Video (4 parts to it) from FrankyBZN, on how to build it.. if anyone can translate, please feel free. hehe. But weirdly enough, feels like I understand them... because of watching too much anime. but in actual fact, don't understand a word. hehe




    From my understanding, the concept is to have lots of silicone between the gaps and then forcing out excess and air.

    It is a totally different way of building an aquarium that I was aware of. I've always thought that the side glass goes on top of the base. But as Slagter mentioned, it is a "floating base".

    Would be interesting to see how my DIY skills hold up.. hehe :D
     
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    Whether you build the tank with a floating or sides on top base the silicone will seal it>Silicone is extremely strong just force out all of the air bubbles to ensure a proper bond. I overthink things as can be clearly seen on my build and use way too much glue just to set my mind at ease. Guess its the soldier in me that makes me do this there must always be a backup for the backup of the backup after the backup when the backup to the plan failed.:toothy3:
     
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    Lol, I'm the same, I over design and over spec just for the possiblity of failure... Then at the end of the day I blow my budget to crap!
     
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    And it does not come out nearly as neat as you would have liked it to.... I really am a tool!
     
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    Will be watching this.
     
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    How much water goes into something like this and is it not difficult to maintain it being so small? And lastly can anyone explain to me what the number in front of the ADA denotes?
     
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    I think it is for the length of the tank. 30p = 300mm and so on.

    Yeah it is easy to maintain, but small tanks are nt as stable a large tank due to water volume.
     
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    Thanks Chogkie. This tank is busy tempting me to try my hand at building one.
     
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    So today did the wabi kusa tank 250 x 250 x 100 high, as a test run.

    Taped and ready for silicone.

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    Gap for the silicone.

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    Silicone in the gap.

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    Completed tank.

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    Close up of the corners. worked out quite well. Did mess a bit of silicone but will clean it up later.

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    Will start on the 30p cube tomorrow. Hopefully will do a better job on it with the lessons learnt.
     
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    almost looks like there isnt silicone. good luck for the 60p
     
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    That is very neat work indeed
     
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    Do you take commisions?:wave:
     
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    Think he could make a lot of money that way maybe even score his own t.v show:p
     
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    Ready to do the 30p cube now.

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    The wabi kusa tank turned out quite nice. Have water in in to test and absorb all the toxins now. Also have a newspaper to check if it has any leaks. One thing I've noticed on the build is that once you squeeze out the silicone between the joints, there must be no movement afterwards, or else it creates miniature fissures or cracks in the silicone.

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    Will have to be careful and patient with the 30p and 60p tanks as I think this type of construction needs that silicone bond to be perfect.
     
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    Hi Chongkie the tank looks amazing. To avoid the creases leave the clamps on and do not move for at least 24 hours the creases is due to the glass tearing away from each other.It will not leak but can be an eyesore if you are a perfectionist.

    Regards:
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