Building a Vertical Tank



1. Two pieces of glass or acrylic

2. 100% silicon for glass or Weld-on #16 for acrylic

3. Hinge

4. Pull




Measure the inside rim of the tank.

You want the measurement as close as possible to avoid gaps. Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch

Buy 2 sheets of 1/4 inch thick glass from your local glass shop. One sheet will be for the bottom of the door (I use 6″ for the bottom piece)

Shop around for glass. The price of glass can vary greatly from shop to shop.

Place the tank in its desired final position and silicon where the black rim meets the tank at the bottom of the tank.

Place the tank into it normal horizontal position, silicon the smaller piece of glass into the rim of the tank

Use plenty of silicon to make sure there are no leaks.

Then place the other sheet of glass into the frame.

Silicon the hinge, latch, and pull in their desire locations.

A 10 gallon is only 10″ wide, so use a 6″ hinge for a 10 gallon tank. I have had as big as a 20″ X 21″ door on a 12″ hinge.

Let the silicon dry for at least 48 hours.




Hinge/pull/latch is coming loose

Silicon is not a glue, but a sealer. It is meant to be used in open air as opposed to a glue. Allow 48+ hours to dry to get the best results.

Tank will not stay shut

Place a twist tie (from a loaf of bread) into the hole in the latch

Bottom piece of glass is leaking

Add more silicon to the seal.