How To Make This Waterproof?

  1. AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    I am about to move my iguanas and I wanted to know if it would be possible to make this water proof?
     

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  2. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    The tank or the wood? The wood side of the tank makes that a bit iffy I think.
     
  3. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    The t
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  4. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    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".
     
  5. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    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?
     
  6. Lorekeeper

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  7. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    Is that it? Glass ang glue?
     
  8. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    It has to be aquarium safe silicone, but yes, that's it
     
  9. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    It’s an aluminum frame, will it rust?
     
  10. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  11. JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaro Well Known Member Member

    Or maybe just sell it and use the money to buy a used tank(?)
     
  12. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    100g about

    It is 48'' by 24'' by 24'' according to the fish lore volume calculator, it is closer to 120
     
  13. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    Would the aluminum rust?
     
  14. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Well Known Member Member

    No, aluminum does not rust, it will oxidize though.
     
  15. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    Will that affect the tank?
     
  16. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Well Known Member Member

    No, just the shine on the aluminum. I would do some research about how water (or saltwater) affects aluminum exposed long term.
     
  17. ganjero

    ganjero Valued Member Member

    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.
     
  18. OP
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    I have no Idea in how thick the glass is, if I were to guess I would say .25”
     
  19. ganjero

    ganjero Valued Member Member

    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.