Glue Glass Panels to Build an Aquarium

What You'll Need
Glass panels
Aquarium-safe silicone
Rubber trim
Block of wood
Working stand

There are a few tips and tricks to know when putting aquarium glass panels together. A couple of things you will need are the glass panels, an aquarium-safe silicone, block of wood, rubber trim, and a working stand. Make sure to have all supplies ready to go before starting this project.

Step 1 - Panels

  • Get your panels cut at your local suppliers shop and get them cut exactly the size you need. You will need a bottom piece, 2 side pieces, and a front and back.
  • Make sure the edges are smooth and free of any jagged surfaces.
  • Sit your bottom panel on your working stand and double check your edges again for smoothness.
  • Put something on both sides of your bottom panel to keep it from moving while you work on your aquarium.

Step 2 - Preparation for Assembly

  • Put the front glass on the bottom panel and use an aquarium-safe silicone to glue them together.
  • Put the silicone on the inner side of the edges.
  • Make sure you form a 90 degree angle with the front and bottom edges.  You will need to make sure to keep this panel in place while you attach the rest of the panels.
  • Use duct tape to keep the panel propped up so it does not move. The silicone will need to be used on all edges of these panels that are attached.
  • The silicone will not dry immediately, so you can use duct tape to keep the edges tight and aligned while the silicone dries.
  • Let the silicone dry for at least 24 hours before moving on with any more panels.

Step 3 - Assembly

Once the glue is completely dry you can attach the back panel.

  • Use the duct tape again to make sure it stays completely aligned and does not move.
  • Wait another 24 hours to make sure the silicone is completely dry and you can move on to attaching your sides.
  • Once the front and back panels are completely dry you can start attaching your sides.
  • Wait and additional 24 hours for your silicone to dry and you can move on to your final steps.
  • After the last 24 hours you can remove the duct tape and anything you had around the aquarium to keep it from moving.
  • Turn your aquarium over so that you can apply your rubber trim.

Step 4 - Sealing

  • Apply sealing adhesive and water seal the glass panels where you will attach the rubber trim and begin attaching the trim.
  • Let this dry for about 5 hours and then you will be ready to test.

Step 5 - Testing the Aquarium

When all the silicone and glue is completely dry you can test your aquarium.

  • Turn your aquarium upright and fill with water.
  • If you notice any leaks you will need to drain and dry it completely, then put silicone where you noticed the leaks.
  • A good test is to let your aquarium sit for about 12 hours.
  • If there are no leaks for 12 hours, then you should be good to go.
  • You can start adding fresh water and decorations for your new fish tank.