I am about to move my iguanas and I wanted to know if it would be possible to make this water proof?
The tank or the wood? The wood side of the tank makes that a bit iffy I think.
There are ways of waterproofing wood, but I'd personally just remove the wood from the sides and then replace it with a glass pane. I'd guess you'd probably need something like 1/4".
I was going to remove the wood, so it would be possible to water proof it?
And what will I need? I have Flex tape would that work?
Tape definitely wouldn't work.
You'd need 100% pure silicon, or aquarium grade silicon like this: https://www.amazon.com/All-Glass-Aq...TF8&colid=1SPSPZ9DMVU7D&coliid=I3CKT29AP2A1SP
You may want to move this to the DIY section of the forums, as you're getting into tank-building territory.
Is that it? Glass ang glue?
It has to be aquarium safe silicone, but yes, that's it
It’s an aluminum frame, will it rust?
What tank size is this, if you don't mind me asking?
Most of the time, two panes of 1/4" glass and silicone will be more expensive than just buying another tank, as long as it's relatively small.
Or maybe just sell it and use the money to buy a used tank(?)
It is 48'' by 24'' by 24'' according to the fish lore volume calculator, it is closer to 120
Would the aluminum rust?
No, aluminum does not rust, it will oxidize though.
Will that affect the tank?
No, just the shine on the aluminum. I would do some research about how water (or saltwater) affects aluminum exposed long term.
Check the glass thickness, reptile tanks are usually made with thinner glass since all you need is a barrier to keep animals in. If it is less than 1/2", then I would not use for a 120g fish tank.
Are the side panels wood? If so, it wont be a straight job of replacing those panels. You would need to take the whole thing apart, including the frame. Rebuild the tank using the proper silicone and reframe it. I would not recommend the one linked above for building a tank that size, I would use Momentive RTV108 (if youwant clear seams) or Momentive RTV103 (for black seams), GE SCS 1200 is also a good option for clear seams. These products have the adhesive strength you want for a tank that size.
I have no Idea in how thick the glass is, if I were to guess I would say .25”
IME 0.25" is too thin for a glass tank measuring 48"x24"x24". Not only it can shatter easily, but 1/4" doesn't give you a safe bonding area for the silicone. This means seam failure is also very likely.
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