where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

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so i haven't had an ounce of interest in my babies,no one wants a pair apparently. and the everyday i want less and less to let them go.
so i was wandering i've seen videos on building an acryllic tank. it cant be too hard we've built rabbit hutches,chicken coops whelping boxes etc it cant be too different. but..
where do i go to fine acryllic?
how much does it usually cost?
our stand is designed to hold something 2ft wide and 6ft long
we're reinforcing it to hold anything within those limits so maybe a little smaller.
what dimensions of accrylic sheets and how many of each size would i need?

any links to sights and videos appreciated.
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RoxyTheDog replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

I didn`t watch much of this lol but the bits i did watch seemed really interesting!







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Motherlupin replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

yeah i love his videos but i need places in the US. specifically in california.
but yeah we'll be going by his videos for actually building it
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RoxyTheDog replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

I`ve never seen any of his vids before, they are really easy to understand and helpful. Just been going through a few of them :)

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Spoon replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

I've watched a few of his vid's as well, they're very well done & informative. As for acrylic cost &/or finding a local supply, your best bet is to simply google 'acrylic sheet' & go from there. Ofc I think it'd be best to find a place in reasonable driving distance as I'm sure shipping won't be cheap. I've been lucky enough to find a manufacturer about 30 minutes away.

I don't currently have the link, but in my own mucking about I did find a couple websites that have a cost calculator, which is quite useful.

Personally, I think I'm going to go the plywood route, as it'd be far cheaper (for a 375 Gal though). It just depends what size aquarium you want to build. It'd be best to design your build to be able to be cut from a standard size sheet (most manufacturers produce sheets in 4'x8', 5'x8', & 6'x8'). When you start talking about larger builds it can become quite expensive though, as when you increase the thickness of the sheet you need, the costs begin to rise significantly, especially since in those sizes you're going to start needing more than 1 sheet as well.

Also, unless you have previous experience with cutting acrylic (it isn't quite as simple as cutting wood), I would highly recommend getting your parts pre-cut for you by the manuf. if they offer such services. Or at the very least do a practice run w/ a smaller project (you don't want to ruin a $200+ sheet your first go). The time &/or possible headache it will save will def. be worth it, especially with the large sizes we're talking about (all the cuts pretty much have to be perfect for proper welding/fit).

When done right they certainly make for a beautiful tank, but wether or not it's worth it imho is highly dependent on the size you're trying to build & what factors are most important to you.
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Motherlupin replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

we want something between 125-180.
i'm trying to find a way to get a tank cheaper than 300$
we'll see tho.
our shepherd female just came into heat,
i still have a waiting list for pups out of her and our boy
maybe that will fund the tank
i just feel horrible keeping them in the 40gal especially since one of the cats keeps attacking them
i'm thinking about moving the tank to a place where they cant get on it so easily. thats easier said than done tho
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Spoon replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

I think it would be possible in that size/price range. As long as you keep the design shallow enough (I think about 20" or less height) so you can avoid having to get the thicker sheet. If I recall correctly I think it's about 3/8" or so should be good for 18"-20" height, but don't hold me to that. Once you start getting into 1/2"+ though I think it will probably begin to break your budget.
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Motherlupin replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

thanks, we may have an opportunity to get some extra money to just buy a tank. here's to hoping things go well
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

once i went acrlic i really didn't want glass anymore...

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fdriller9 replied the topic: Re: where do i buy acryllic?? how much and dimensions?

Acrylic can be very expensive, especially the thicker they get. Here in Philly, we have a store called Everything Plastics. They have literally everything acrylic. Chairs, tables, rods, tubes, blocks, wine holders, displays, cases, containers, jars, etc

I would google a local plastics/acrylic store. There is bound to be one in your area.
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