Planning a Cuttle/Squid Tank

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I am leaning towards S. Bandensis. I know it isn't as exciting as a larger species, but I like to understock my tanks to keep the environment more stable for its inhabitants.
 
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I managed to get the glass in today to be used to build some more tanks for the system. There is enough glass to build 4x 60g tanks (24" x 48" x 12" tall).

I expected to be building them sooner rather than later, but I had my car rear-ended by a school bus on Tuesday and will be busy dealing with that aftermath. Thankfully no one was seriously injured.
 

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Oh boy ... really glad everyone is ok!

Project seems to be coming along nicely :thumbsup:
 

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You didn't happen to post a photo on FaceBook did you? It is likely a coincidence but I saw a post lauding science for building safer cars the same day you posted this.
 
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Sorry for taking so long with an update - I have finally got my 125 in good enough shape to post. Right now I have the tank full of water and the filter up and running. Since I lost some of my budget due to the car accident, I have fallen back to using some of my equipment from my reef-keeping days.

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I have been fighting with a few leaks, but nothing serious. Assuming everything seems fine with this system, I will begin working with the glass to build my 60 gallon tanks.
 
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Well, I attempted to assemble one of my 60G tanks yesterday - it didn't turn out well, but I did learn a bit while assembling.

I ended up with half of the seams looking great, and the other half with lots of bubbles (which will need to be re-done). Unfortunately, the seams that are bad are on opposite corners of the tank. This means I'll need to completely disassemble the tank and try again.

The thing I am glad I learned this time was that if you are just learning to build a tank from glass panes, be sure to use CLEAR silicone. If I had used black or white, I'd have no idea that I had the seam issues. If I had just used it as-is, i t would be quite likely that the tank would have failed between weeks and months later.

The image on the left is a good seam (ignore the spillover at the top and bottom).
The image on the right has a hazy seam and that gap in the middle is where there is no silicone! (by far the worst seam)
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I'll tear this tank up and try again when I get a chance. All in all, a great learning experience, but not terribly productive.
 

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