Water-tight wood coat?

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Old 04-10-09, 06:22 PM
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Water-tight wood coat?

I'm not sure if this is the proper section to ask this, but I figure it's somewhat related..

I'm starting a project to build a small aquarium (about 14'' x 10''). I'm looking to build a frame / rectangular cube out of 2x2 wood, and want to inlay either glass or acrylic siding on each of the surfaces. The plan is to set the glass .5'' into each 2x2, allowing for a relatively sturdy construction. (kind of like a window)

My question is this; with the structure i proposed, wood will be exposed on the interior of the aquarium. What, if anything, would you suggest to seal/coat the wood that will be exposed to the water?

I'm having a hard time and many have tried to persuade me to change the design so wood is not exposed to the water..

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Won't the sealer outgas & kill the fish? The sealer won't stay dormant. Neither will the chemicals in pressure treated or cedar wood. I don't care what anyone says. If you insist on using it anyway, go to a marine supply. They will have something.
 
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Suggest you talk to people who can advise you on products that are not fatal to fish,if there are any.Go to a pet store etc and talk to someone that knows fish especially the types you want in your aquarium.

I have never seen or heard of an aquarium made like you are looking to make.I'm not sure it's possible when all factors are taken into account.
 
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what about coating the wood in something like epoxy, or an epoxy like substance.. would it still eventually get eaten by the water?

anyone know of any reccomendations? covering it with silicone?

thanks for the advice so far; I considered bulding the same cube but just sliding a glass cube from the top to fit tightly (no exposed wood), but if i went with such a plan i'd feel like i was lazy and chose the ""Easy way"
 
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What's wrong with the easy way, especially if it's the safer way? Keep in mind that just about everything outgasses, with or without water, especially epoxies & silicone.
 
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That I did not know; i'm no expert at sealing, just hoped there was something out there that could work and be safe for the animals (hermit crabs to be specific).

maybe i'll go with the easy way : /
 
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The easy way sounds like the best bet. The hermit crabs will love you.
 
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