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jnet replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

do you think it would be better to get a company to build my tank?

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JasonR replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

I know seaming acrylic takes a lot of practice to get it right and I know with that large of a tank I would not try to build it myself if it were me. However a custom build that large would be very expensive...probably in the area of $3,000 or more here in the U.S.
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jnet replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

yea I think about £2000 here but then the sheets were like £200 quid so really if I add it up Im sure I can shop around and get one for about £1200 I hope.

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JasonR replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

Here's a link to acrylic thickness calculator. www.sdplastics.com/aquaria1.html

Open the page and there is a link at the top to an excel spreadsheet where you can enter your dimensions...
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jnet replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

ok so been back to the drawing board again lol :) And Im thinking will this work guys ;)

I buy premade pond put it down and board around so it doesnt look too bad :P And then raise sides and back put glass front on. :unsure: What you think? I mean a big tank is going to be pratically buildt in so why not go for a pond? I can put top on or leave off with ridge sides. Anyone think a good idea and this should release some pressure on the glass when making tank; will a premade pond be up to this kind of thing?

Im going to get my 300gals plus if it kills me :evil: :P

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

the pond is going to buckle outwards. They're not meant to hold 'floating' water, they're meant to be reinforced with earth all around them. So you could do it with a pond, but you'd have to support the sides somehow, either with dirt (in a dirt box that is then strong enough to hold the dirt plus the water's pressure) or concrete, which is heavy.

Perhaps you could bind it with ropes all the way around, but that ruins your clear display in front.

What you could do is build a fibreglass box out of plywood, and then put glass in front.

Some links to tempt you with:
www.jonolavsakvarium.com/eng_diy/tankbuilding2006/index.html
(and more from the same guy with more instructions : www.jonolavsakvarium.com/eng_diy/2200litre/2200litres.html )

and a smallish one:
www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_plywood_aquarium3.php
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Matt replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

The day I win powerball, I'm flying all of you in to help me build something like that!

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Sosban Fach replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

Premade pond sounds like a great idea, but Nina is right. Simple soloution would be to build a frame and brace it. Or set it into the floor; In either case it may work out cheaper just to buy a acrylic base.

You should check it out though figure out a frame design and check the cost against floor panels. Ive never built a tank so I don't really know the cost implications I can only guess.

Personally if I was building a new tank for the first time I start out with buying a couple of secound hand acrylic tank/panels broken or otherwise from ebay and try to build the sump first. If you make a mistake a patch on a sump is far less noticible than a patch on a main tank.

And also I need to build on of those indoor pond/tanks!
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jnet replied the topic: Re: tank build is this right?

yea I would put bracing around it and the ones I was looking at are quarantine tanks made to stand alone.

I want a plywood tank but having issues finding equipment and Grant thinks plywood tanks wont last. So if someone can say they have had one for 10years no issues he may go for that idea. :)

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