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#1 L Link

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 04:55 PM

I do a lot of wildlife photography and have really wanted to get better images of smaller fish, so I've decided to assemble a photo tank out of pre-cut glass, but I'm not sure what to use to cement the glass together. What would be the safest option? (I'm mostly thinking about fish safety, so nothing that would dissolve in water, etc.)



#2 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:04 PM

Clear 100% silicone. That is the standard in the aquarium industry.


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#3 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:16 PM

yep, silicone is the way to go with glass, and you can get aquarium grade silicone rather easily.


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#4 L Link

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 02:42 PM

Thanks!



#5 L Link

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Posted 11 March 2020 - 02:09 PM

Fantail Darter (Etheostoma flabellare)

 

I took y'all's advice, and in thanks, here's a recent photo taken with the tank. 

The background/edges of the tank were edited out, but the fish itself is unchanged. I love the detail I can get now; I'd consider it a success!



#6 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 04:43 AM

Very nice. Are you using a squeeze plate/paddle?


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#7 L Link

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 11:58 AM

Yes, I have an additional glass panel for that purpose



#8 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 01:10 PM

Cool. That seems to be a great technique. We like photos, so keep sharing.


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#9 olaf

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Posted 13 March 2020 - 01:40 PM

Would love to see a photo of the tank itself, if you can share one. 

Thanks.

 

Actually, since this is a topic that comes up repeatedly, the forum should have a permanent photo tank thread in which people post photos of tanks, construction methods, inventive ideas, problems and solutions, etc. 


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#10 Jconte

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 09:51 AM

I second Olaf’s motion.

#11 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 05:28 PM

There are several photo tank threads already... but everyone always re-starts there own.

 

On the positive side, that's what forums are good for... all the threads are permanent.


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