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Old 03-25-2010, 01:45 AM
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Scored a sweet 70g tank from a buddy and I started a little work on it this afternoon. It is 36w X 30t X 15d and made out of 3/8" glass. It is a heavy beast! What I did today was cut out the front for front opening doors. Nothing a 4.5" grinder with a diamond blade can't handle. Here are a couple pics and I will update as I go.Thanks!






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Old 03-25-2010, 02:14 AM
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Good to know that cutting out the front works Iam going to try that on my next build. Was it slow going?
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:24 AM
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Cutting wasn't bad at all. It took about 20 min. I had a hose running on it at all times. I think it helped that the glass was thick too. I'm just glad it wasn't tempered.
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Nice score!!! Where are you planning on placing that thing!?

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Old 03-25-2010, 01:26 PM
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Niiiiice big tank!
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:20 PM
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I think im just going to throw out some of the girlfriends crud to make room for it. JK! I have no Idea where it is going, I may consider building my frog room again that way I can build my collection up some more.

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Old 03-26-2010, 04:42 AM
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Haha! Did you tell her no more book shelf? Are you doing the front with the magnets? Looking good so far, keep us updated!!!

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Old 03-26-2010, 07:49 AM
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I;m not going to tell her she will figure it out. Not sure what I am going to do for the doors yet. Still trying to decide on what to use for the background. Any ideas would help greatly!!


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I finally had some time to do a little more work! I found some coco fiber grow matting at a local hydro shop. I used it for the background because I want to cover the sides with vining plants. I will add a ton of driftwood pretty soon when I can get some. I also drilled for the drain in the lower right corner.



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looks like a nice project, i love big vivs.
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i really like how you cut the glass out of the front. is that a crack in the upper right corner of your tank? did that happen while cutting?also can you email me or post a pic of he tool you used to cut out the door..

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Thanks for the interest. That is a crack and it was from cracking. You have to make sure you have a steady hand at all times. I used a 4.5" grinder with a diamond blade attached. I had a hose on it at all times when cutting. It was actually pretty easy to do. Just one mistake and you have yourself a crack. Oh well it was a $40 tank and a small crack.





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I like how you decided to cut out the front....good job thinking outside the box!!
im so nervous drilling, i don't think i could ever do it or even let someone do it unless I have insurance. lol.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:32 PM
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Thanks, it is not as hard as it seems. If you have the proper tools and enough confidence you can do it. Patience is the key. I just figured there is no way I'm going to try to do everything from the top of the tank. It is just too deep to reach.

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im so nervous drilling, i don't think i could ever do it or even let someone do it unless I have insurance. lol.
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you know.... ever since i set up my 65gal tank ive been contemplating doing the exact same thing but have been having difficulty on figguring out how to make the door or doors...

i cant wait to see how this progresses as i have an empty 75 myself... i may try this on it!



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Thanks, this project is slow going because I lack space for it. I will be building a frog room soon so I will finish it soon after. For the doors I will be using magnets to hold them closed. The glass will sit on a metal rail that will rest on the bottom edge of the cutout. I will get a picture of the metal soon.
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any updates?
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Not yet sorry. I have been working on my frogroom so I have room to put this thing. I will get it going when i'm finished.
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