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I am SO close to being done. There are a few problems that have me pretty stumped.

The most dismaying problem is the sliding doors. I have those white running tracks from Home Depot. I have two pieces of plexiglass doors that look very attractive.

Here's the stumper. On the sides of the tank, the overlapping door leaves a good sized gap that any tinc could escape through. How did you guys build your doors? I'd like to see a pic how you solved that problem. I don't like putting both doors on the same track.

The second stumper, one that that I was anticipating, is my pump KEEPS GETTING CLOGGED. Never will I use a false bottom AGAIN. Sooo, I'm reconsidering my Ultrasonic humidifer, but was stumped because I couldn't find a good way to have a nice slip fit. Then, I noticed somebody mentioned rubber stopper. What a good idea!

Where can I get those rubber stoppers? And, the fogger would HAVE to plumb up 5 feet! Is that even possible? Or should I find some way to elevate it?
 

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Ok, so if im understand you correctly, there is a gap between the two doors because they are on seperate tracks? Could you move the tracks closer together? If not, maybe you could use that sound proof tape stuff that is used on door frames.

What kind of pump are you using? You can probably easily build a filter around the intake to keep it from getting clogged. This is a pump for a waterfall?

With foggers, it's usually much easier if you have the humidifier above the tank. But if not, if it's running long enough, i'm sure you could have the fog go up 5ft. Just have to tinker with it.

Rubber stoppers are availabe at ACE hardware stores. Try Home Depot or Lowes, they should have them too.

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Although not pleasing to the eye, you might want to try a long foam strip between the two doors.

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Here's the stumper. On the sides of the tank, the overlapping door leaves a good sized gap that any tinc could escape through. How did you guys build your doors? I'd like to see a pic how you solved that problem. I don't like putting both doors on the same track.
 

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its not between the doors that is a problem, its on the sides. If one door is on a different track, the one more in front is going to leave a bigger gap. I have an option, and that is putting a strip at 90 degrees on the edges of the doors to block the escape, or plug up the running track behind the front one with a piece of wood. The downside is I cannot have my doors slide behind each other, as the wood or strip would block the doors sliding inward.

Meaning, I can only slide the doors outward. Not that that's too big of a problem.

I use a filter idea for my firebellied tank, but after a while, the filter gets pretty saturated (within a few days) and gets clogged for good. So, I have to rinse out the sponge.Not always an entertaining task.
 

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perhaps I am not understanding how sliding doors work? That they are supposed to slide behind each other, and not be "pulled out?" I just realized that when I took a look at the sliding doors of the glass cases at my school.

Anybody have a picture of their tank with sliding doors, or could direct me to the gallery?
 
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We are starting to make sliding glass door tanks, but I only have a few pictures on my site, and not a lot to look at. If I get time tonight I will try and post on how we have are set up, or feel free to call me after 6 tonight.
 

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Ben, I think I'll just have the sides removable as it is too difficult to try and take the doors out if I ever wished. (unless I slid them out). I;ve ordered Weld On 4 and bought more plexi to thicken up the doors. The local hardware store had some wood strips so I can put on the sides.

Ben. Please send me a price quote PM. I'd like to buy some of your premixed "tricolor enhancer"
 
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The track we use is to different depths. If you use the deeper one on the top you can slide the door up and then set it down in the bottom track. that way you can run your sides past the doors to keep them sealed.

Here is about the only picture I have of the new tank:


We run the smaller track on the sides to so the door does't have to sit tight to the glass sides. This is just for safety.

The "dust" isn't done yet (I can't get my tomato paste to dry enough) I have found away around this step, but it is going to have to wait until after I get back. I will just give you some, I need it to be tested on more than just my few red frogs.
 
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