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Posted by chris_harper2 on April 13, 2003 at 23:09:52:
In Reply to: Making a posted by Chrysemys on April 13, 2003 at 11:31:17:
I've never done this (although I have kept turtles in stock tanks) but it may be possible.
The biggest problems will me if there is a "step" pattern on the tank side or if the side are curved too much.
Basically if there is any place on the side where a piece of glass can be set flush then it will work.
If there is a slight curve, acrylic or polycarbonate can be used but it will scratch more easily than glass and be more expensive.
If there is a step pattern, it could be tough.
Your biggest concern with glass will be that the tank will flex more than the glass will allow. You could put down a thick layer of polyurethane caulk or silicone, but the glass could still crack. But it's still doable.
For your general information...
If this is a plastic tank, I've attached floor drains to the bottom of the tanks instead of using the one on the side.
If you elevate the stock tank such that the middle of the bottom is not supported, the bottom will sag slightly and a floor drain can be installed at the lowest point. Saves a lot of time if you can manage it.