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Is there any other sealer that can be used to put the baffles and glass inserts in a sump.I didnt know if there is anything cheaper than the aquarium sealer
 

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Acrylic or Glass?

Glass, you can only use silicone (as far as I know). GE 1 as suggested.

Acrylic you can use acrylic glue - not entirely sure which one's are considered tank safe though (I've never researched as I only use glass).
 

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Yes they do I got mine for $10 total for 8 pieces they will even cut it if you have the exact measurements.
 
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Thank you.What thickness did you get.I talked to lowes and he told me the only sheets of glass that they carry is picture frame glass which is not to thick
 
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What volume of water?
I think most 20G tanks are a minimum 6mm or 1/4" thick.
The more water, the thicker the glass needs to be.
 

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Picture frame glass would be pretty thin I would imagine.

Oh, and I would think most aquarium glass would be tempered, at least for the base panel.
 
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1/4" thick,where is a good place to get that so its not so expensive
 

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Oooh, I just remembered one aspect of glass thickness. It's not the volume, or the length that determines the thickness required. It's the height!

I just recalled building my tank, and the builder said with the height, I should go up a size.

Here's a pretty cool calculator (in metric, 1" = 2.54cm) http://www.theaquatools.com/building-your-aquarium

With my dimensions, it recommends 9mm glass, I went for 10mm (12mm base). Whilst the length does have an impact, it's nowhere near the height impact.

Dropping 6" in height reduces the thickness by 3mm, whereas a foot in length equates to 1mm
 
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I got the glas at lowes.Thanks.I have piece of acylic that needs to be cut.Can I use a dremel to cut acylic
 

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so is it tempered or not? I have quite a few tanks that have cheap none tempered panes in them, I like to scrounge for tanks. haha. broken or leaking means free to me
 
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Im not sure.I got it from the local hardware store.I need to cut a 4in circle in it.Just trying to figure out what to use
 

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You need to get yourself a diamond tip hole saw, and go very slowly. There's lots of videos on youtube about drilling a tank. But if the glass is tempered, my advise is not to drill it. Tempered glass shatters easily.
 
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