Glue Glass Panels to Build an Aquarium
There are a few tips and tricks to know when putting aquarium glass panels together. A couple of things you will need are the glass panels, an aquarium-safe silicone, block of wood, rubber trim, and a working stand. Make sure to have all supplies ready to go before starting this project.
Step 1 - Get Panels
Get your panels cut at your local supply shop and get them cut exactly the size you need. You will need a bottom piece, two side pieces, and a front and back. Make sure the edges are smooth and free of any jagged surfaces.
Sit your bottom panel on your working stand and double-check your edges again for smoothness. Put something on both sides of your bottom panel to keep it from moving while you work on your aquarium.
Step 2 - Prepare for Assembly
Put the front glass on the bottom panel and use an aquarium-safe silicone to glue them together. Put the silicone on the inner side of the edges. Make sure you form a 90-degree angle with the front and bottom edges. You will need to make sure to keep this panel in place while you attach the rest of the panels.
Use duct tape to keep the panel propped up so it does not move. The silicone will need to be used on all edges of these panels that are attached. The silicone will not dry immediately, so you can use duct tape to keep the edges tight and aligned while the silicone dries. Let the silicone dry for at least 24 hours before moving on with any more panels.
Step 3 - Assemble
Once the glue is completely dry you can attach the back panel. Use the duct tape again to make sure it stays completely aligned and does not move. Wait another 24 hours to make sure the silicone is completely dry and you can move on to attaching your sides.
Once the front and back panels are completely dry you can start attaching your sides. Wait an additional 24 hours for your silicone to dry and you can move on to your final steps. After the last 24 hours you can remove the duct tape and anything you had around the aquarium to keep it from moving. Turn your aquarium over so that you can apply your rubber trim.
Step 4 - Seal
Apply sealing adhesive and water seal the glass panels where you will attach the rubber trim and begin attaching the trim. Let this dry for about 5 hours and then you will be ready to test.
Step 5 - Test the Aquarium
When all the silicone and glue are completely dry you can test your aquarium. Turn your aquarium upright and fill with water. If you notice any leaks you will need to drain and dry it completely, then put silicone where you noticed the leaks. A good test is to let your aquarium sit for about 12 hours. If there are no leaks for 12 hours, then you should be good to go. You can start adding fresh water and decorations for your new fish tank.