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Discussion in 'DIY' started by Fish, Aug 13, 2016.
If you had to build an aquarium out of anything you'd like what would it be of?
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.
Is money a factor with this question?
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.
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.
This is an interesting video I found about glass
What would you use @Anders247?
Glass. Acrylic I have heard scratches easily.
True, but acrylic is stronger.
Acrylic is so much easier to build bigger tanks for.
It is also much easier to cut than glass. It can be cut with just a table saw.