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09-23-2007, 10:31 AM
i started on it last weekend but do to cutting glass wrong and droping a piece of glass i did not get it done untill this weekend and its still not finished.
i still have to get another piece of glass cut to have the fifth door. this tank was biult to house juvs and hatchling phelsuma. it measures 30 inches long by 15 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches deep. it is cut down into 5 sections of 6 inches by 15 tall by 10 1/2 deep.
any thoughts by anyone who has more experiences at biulding tanks.
09-23-2007, 12:22 PM
Could you frame it in wood in some way? If that is regular glass, I'd be worried about someone or something bumping one of those corners and making the whole thing shatter. That would not be cool.
Looks really cool otherwise Joe. I like the idea and I may try something similar to that for myself someday.
09-23-2007, 12:54 PM
thanks guys. kyle i might put some wood on it i havent decided yet what i am going to do to it.
if u dont wanna go too overboard. u could always just put corner protectors. so if it does get bumped into on the edge against sumtin. the impact is cushioned.
cuz im thinking, wouldnt the wood [ well depending on the wood] put some extra weight on the glass, possibly making it easier to shatter?
09-23-2007, 01:53 PM
It would be the same principle as a window frame. All it has to do is protect the edges and corners because they are the weak points. If your glass windows (or any glass) are built right, you should be able to punch them right in the center and it should break your knuckles and not budge at all. I don't recommend trying it, but in theory, that is how it should be.
If it were me, I would surely protect the edges in some way. Maybe like Rey suggested. Something as simple as plastic or cardboard corner protectors.
this is good to know, i'm surely going to need to build some vivarium come january and madagascar opens up.
09-23-2007, 02:36 PM
i have some strips of aluminum that i bought for the corners. i didnt want to use them just because. i would rather have wood but i am use the aluminum since i already have some.
09-23-2007, 06:31 PM
man looks good joe wish I could make something like that
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