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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-18-2009, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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my first diy plywood tank

Well the wife went away on a girls weekend getaway, so a buddy came over and we started my diy plywood tank.
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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-18-2009, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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the tank is 160g made from 3/4 plywood and will have a epoxy coating on the inside. Ill go buy the epxy tomorrow and in a couple of day be able to install the acrylic view window. I was able to get the acrylic from a guy on craigslist for 100.00 its 6'X4' enough for the viewing window and the top. I'll build a sump out of the same material cause I have some left over, was going to use my 55g but now I'll just sell it
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I love watching the plywood builds, some day I hope to do one of my own. I have not seen any builds with acrylic for the viewing window. I will be watching intently!

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I so wish I had the room for a tank that big. One can only dream. Good job on the build.
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Nice. Funny the trouble guys get into when the wife is away

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post #6 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-18-2009, 02:22 PM
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plywood tanks still scare me, but cool project.
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plywood tanks still scare me, but cool project.
If you think trying to contain a hundred plus gallons of water in a plywood box is scary, just think about trying to contain it in a glass box! It's all in how you look at it, isn't it? Tell the wife, "I'm going to make a six foot long glass box, set it on a table in the living room and fill it with water." But, first hide the rolling pin!

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post #8 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-18-2009, 04:42 PM
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Told the wife - look, it's like a boat, made from wood, only trying to keep the water inside instead of out.

What kind of epoxy will you use? How are you going to bond the acrylic to the epoxy coated wood?
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post #9 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-18-2009, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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I've been having a hard time getting the epoxy seams like no one has any in stock. I'm in Portland Or and cant find it. Only stuff I've found is stuff for boats.
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looking good!

Nice Zipp Wheels, those wheels make for a sweet ride.Are they tubular or clincher?

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This will be nice. Have you considered making side viewing panes? It would add so much to the tank IMO.

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post #13 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-19-2009, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yaa those wheels are nice they are tubular and they only get ridden when I race.

Have any of you heard of liquid rubber? Says its safe for fish.
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post #14 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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I just ordered pond armour should be her friday and will epoxy it this weekend. I have the stand allmost complete will take some pics and post them.

Its going to be a in the wall so the side view windows wont workout in this case

I'll be using aquarium safe silicone to attach the plexiglass.

The pond armour is tinted black so the wood grain wont be visible.
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looking good!

Nice Zipp Wheels, those wheels make for a sweet ride.Are they tubular or clincher?

Regards, Orlando
I find it amazing how different people see different things in the same picture

Sounds like you need to lock those wheels up, Orlando has wheel envy
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