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jnet created the topic: Plywoodtank UPDATE MOVE PICS

Im sure I did this already but I looked back over a year of threads and I must have put it somewhere else or under another name so here is a new thread.

You might all know but I was hoping to make my own tank and its been playing in my mind how to do it, pond, plywood, glass etc so Ive came to a conclusion with a realistic approach this is what I can do on my budget, in the space I have and my basic (cough) skills.

So Im thinking this;
length 72nch, 184cm
hieght 26inch 66cm
wide 36inch 92cm

This is roughtly going on the calculator from here going to be 1000litre, 242gal or 284 US

Will this be alright for my fish? Current stock to go in this tank is 2tigers, 2geos, 2rainbows, 2rafs, my GG and my plec that is 20cm.

Also will 18mm plywood be alright for this size tank and Im looking at exterior plywood or would I have to use marine plywood?

Also I found a nice pond filter cheap (if they still got some in stock) And it should be great for this tank Im thinking are adding a shelf at back to place it on and also place plants. Which makes another question would this tank be possible as open top or will it be better to make a solid lid with obvious acsess holes?

So still many questions :)

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jnet replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

also I was going to make the tank and seal it with pond sealer paint and then possibly add a pond line to be sure its water tight will this be enough going to apply loads of coats. :)

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

I've watched a couple of the plywood builds on youtube and they're all really neat. Some videos are more explanatory than others. Seems though that you would want to use marine plywood for sure. Sealing it with pond sealer should work just fine as well, since it's designed to be non toxic to the fish.

It's no small feat, and from what I've seen, most people actually end up building these as a permanent fixture. Joining the tank to the existing structure to give extra support and what not. That's not required, but probably not a terrible idea either.

As for the stocking, you'd probably be more than fine putting that all in there. I like that you're dimensions give more front to back than height. Most prebuilt tanks seem to take height as a larger consideration. This is where creative license lets you actually do what's best for fish. Heck a tank that size, you should get some Arowana :whistle:

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

I agree with using marine plywood - it is more pricey, but a lot sturdier too. I also think you should have a hood... oscars jump.

Have you considered making a little one as a practice run? Like a 12' by 12' by 12' betta-cube. It will give you a chance to get a feel for the materials, and it won't cost a fortune.

Last thought... document the hell out of your process, and do share :) I'll live vicariously through your build.
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Matt replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

12' x 12' by 12' is small!?!?!

I think you meant 12" x 12" x 12" :P

" = inches
' = feet

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

it's the arapaima's fault... everyone has been thinking secretly how big they'd need to have an aquarium/pond to keep one of those things. AqAdvisor doesn't ever get out of 'might grow too big for your aquarium', incidentally.

But yes, I definitely meant 12'' by 12'' by 12''. A cubic foot.
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jnet replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

sweet I like the 12foot squared tank but no dont have room lol :)

I wanted to go high but I want swimming space and also Im building this in my garden so it has to fit through my door :) thats rougthly 26inch at the most to be safe. I would feel dumb making it and not fitting it through my door. :blush:

So does 18mm plywood sound good because that is as thick as I can find. The marine ply is like £20more per sheet but at the end of the day it will be less than someone making me this size a tank. Im looking £50 sheet I think so thats like £250 and then glass on top not sure how much that will be but Im guessing again around £250 mark so Im thinking all in all Im looking at £800 to build complete thing I hope. :dry: Prebuild or custom built for me Im looking well over a grand close to 2 so should safe some money and then will sell my 6foot tank to get money back. :)

So its may and Ive got 3months to complete I want it done this summer :)

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jnet replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

@Matt I decided on pondsealer because you can use fiberglass but I have no idea about that or where to start. Or you can use liquid rubber but I cant find a fish safe one. Or I could use liner but really Im not sure that would be totally safe. So I went to lfs and saw the pond paint and sealer and thought that should work. :)

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

Best of luck, pics when it starts coming together :D

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jnet replied the topic: Re: Plywood tank sorry guys for new thread

might buy a gar :) But with my GG being top of water I dont want to over load tank with topwater fish.

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