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Today we salute Irving Colburn: inventor of the process for making glass

By Shane Graber - Posted May 17, 2011 04:00 AM
Yesterday marked Mr Colbrum's 150th birthday. On this anniversary, aquarists everywhere owe Irving our thanks for inventing the process that allows us to create and keep freshwater and marine animals in our own glass boxes.
Today we salute Irving Colburn: inventor of the process for making glass

Irving W. Colburn

In 1899, Irving Colburn began experimenting with making flat sheets of glass that eventually led to patents on the process. After an unsuccessful business venture attempting to commercialize the technology, he sold the patents to Toledo Glass in Toledo, Ohio where he continued to develop the process. On November 25, 1913 the first successful run of the equipment heralded in a new age in glass working.  The University of Toledo Library has a much more detailed article about it here.

In a salute to Irving, let's look back at a few aquariums featured in Advanced Aquarist:

The Basin Tank Reef Aquarium of Kyle Verry

The following 75 gallon aquarium is the creation of Kyle Verry and is the next iteration of his Volcano Tank that he tore down in late 2010 to create this new tank design.  The tank is rimless, measures 48" x 24" x 12", and the main feature of the tank is a central raised "basin" of rock that appears to be fed water from a submerged aquarium pump.

Feature Aquarium: The 246 Gallon Reef Aquarium of Sonny Harajly

When designing this aquarium, Sonny had openness and negative space as the top priority. This aesthetically looks better, and allows for a more natural and pleasant display. All too often reefers are quick to stack massive amounts of rock and corals into an aquarium.


Philippe Grosjean's Unique Dropoff Reef Aquarium

Take a look at this uniquely designed reef aquarium. This is a tank shape you don't see every day! It's a bi-level tank with a deep section on the right side that affords some uniquely designed aquascaping possibilities.

(via UToledoWikipedia)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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