What Would You Build Your Aquarium Out Of?

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Fish, Aug 13, 2016.

What would you build your tank out of?

  1. Acrylic

  2. Glass

  3. Plywood

  4. Other

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  1. Fish

    Fish German blue ram Fish guru

    If you had to build an aquarium out of anything you'd like what would it be of?
     
  2. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    If I had a lot of money, I would go with acrylic, but I voted for plywood. I am going to be building my 270 gallon ray tank out of plywood with glass. I am going to use pond armour and fiberglass cloth for the seams.
     
  3. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Is money a factor with this question?
     
  4. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I guess not. I would use plywood or acrylic depending on the situation. Plywood tanks can be built with acrylic, but it is harder than using glass.
     
  5. Professor_fish

    Professor_fish German blue ram Fish guru

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    All the large public Aquariums we have built have been glass, except where you need to 'bend' the shape. The outer case or back if you like, is often coated stainless steel. But these are aquariums holding >20,000 UK Gallons. The down side with glass is age, it sags from top to the bottom with age leaving a weak seam.

    Dosnt matter for most situations and sizes, but get to super size and you have problems 10-15 years later with weeping seams.
     
  6. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    This is an interesting video I found about glass
     
  7. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

  8. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    Glass. Acrylic I have heard scratches easily.
     
  9. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    True, but acrylic is stronger.
     
  10. Fish

    Fish German blue ram Fish guru

    Acrylic is so much easier to build bigger tanks for.
     
  11. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    It is also much easier to cut than glass. It can be cut with just a table saw.
     

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