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micstarz
« on: January 19, 2009 01:21:18 AM »

I'm looking to fill the space behind my betta rack. I was originally going to opt for growing dwarf plants and mosses, but I decided it would be a bit boring. Instead, I'd rather keep a scorpion, a beetle, a tarantula, possibly frogs or shield shrimps. I need to make four of these tanks.

To save on costs, only one side (the front) needs to be transparent, but All 5 panels of whatever material I may use can be transparent. I have no experience with glass, but I am willing to try. What are some materials I could use to construct these tanks? They will be housing terrestrial (for now) invertebrates that could potentially climb. How hard is it to make a hinged or sliding lid?

Here are some pics of the space behind my bettas (bottom row):



The dimensions are:
18cm x 12cm x 14cm (Width times Depth times Height)
This is the maximum dimensions as it barely even leaves room for me to slip my fingers in to get the container out. (Maybe I will incorporate a tow string or a pull ring into the design)

Basically I need advice on how to contruct 4 glass containers (preferably waterproof, because I may keep killies in the future)

List of things you might want to generously tell me:
1. Suggested materials (glass, arcrylic,
2. How to join the 4 sides and the bottom materials together
3. Should I go for making a lid, or just cover the top?

If I use these containers for terrestrial animals exclusively (with soil), can I use corrugated Polypropylene sheets like these, joined together with silicone and a front panel of glass/acrylic?


Thanks!

An afterthought: is clay or cement safe? I could use it to make 3 sides and a bottom then put a glass pane up front...



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SewnForU
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2009 06:57:40 AM »

My hubby made a  tank a few years ago with plexi glass, he used aquarium glue. His was 120 gallons so it was pretty thick plexi glass and he used screws. I'm sure the glue alone would hold it if you are not using water, but should be safe for you animals if it is for the fish.
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CrafterStar
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2009 07:01:48 AM »

I kinda feel bad for those fish because the tanks are so small. Its like Jail  Embarrassed
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