Aquariums are such an integral part of the hobby and while we use look at them everyday, we’re quite removed from the processes that make them for us. Interestingly, reefers have much more experience in making their own tanks from acrylic but by and large most of us prefer glass.
This is why we found this video from DIY Fishkeeper’s visit to Custom Aquariums so interesting. It’s fascinating to see how huge sheets of glass are handled, cut and processed with specialized machinery before they are actually glued together with silicone.
Having inspected many aquariums from manufacturers all over the world it was delightful to see how they inject silicone between the glass with little spacers used to create the gap. And then a second layer of silicone is applied to the inner corner for added strength and water sealing.
It was also super cool to see how they drill holes in the glass from both sides to get that perfect hole, unlike the slightly chipped holes we drill ourselves, even with the steadiest of hands and drill presses. It’s great to see more videos about How Fish Food Is Made and How Coral Beauties Are Made because there’s a whole industry catering to our needs for glass boxes, food and captive bred fish, and we’re glad Joey took the time to make and share this video from the Custom Aquariums glass factory floor.