This is extremely preliminary, and most of the design work still has to be completed... but this is a tank I have been working on for a while with the intentions of maybe doing a short production run some time in the next 2 years.
It includes 3/8" acrylic panels with rounded and polished corners, 1/4" internal baffling, an integrated overflow, two compartments for bio-media/filter floss/etc, and a ~300 gph pump feeding a waterfall return. Dimensions are 24L x 18D x 16T and it works out to right at 30 gallons including the built in sump.
All components would be laser cut and hand assembled. More sizes could be made available at a later date.
So, what kind of interest is there for an integrated design like this? How much would you expect this to cost?
Last edited by Indychus; 05-03-2013 at 12:44 AM.
Well it's similar to any all-in-one type tank. The difference between our tank and an Evolve are the size, for starters, as we plan to eventually offer tanks up to 70 gallons... but also the quality and flexibility to change the setup as needed for your application. All-in-ones tend to get a bad rap as "beginner tanks" because they come packaged with cheesy lights and cheap pumps. We want to build a high end, top quality setup that is beginner friendly but robust enough for experienced hobbyists to appreciate as well.
30+ gallon acrylics? Seems like 9 times out of 10, anyone looking for a tank is told to stay away from acrylic in the first place. So why offer anything larger than an 8 gal in acrylic? Has there been recent demand/interest in larger acrylics?
We pushed acrylic very hard back in the day when I was working at the store, doesn't break, light, very clear, basically all one piece, but man I can't stand it now. I would use it on a tank larger than maybe 180 gallons because of the peace of mind (unless it was a reef, don't get me started on acrylic tanks and reefs) but nothing smaller.
I just know from the forums I am a part of, anytime someone new comes along and is looking at getting a tank, especially where an acrylic is an easy option, they are told to stay away. Or I see lots of people who had acrylic praise how much better everything was going to glass.
I have an Aqueon Evolve 4, and I could not be happier with it. But I could not imagine having a 30 gal acrylic.
The main reason I have seen people stay away from acrylic for is scratching. I see this as more of a beginner problem because an experienced aquarist knows what they can clean it with. I'm assuming you would be offering the tank on sites like this where the average user is way more informed, therefore lessening the likelihood of damaging the tank. I personally love the rounded corners that acrylic offers and would be interested in one in the 20-30 gallon range depending on dimensions.
I have no experience with acrylic but I have been scared off giving it a try because of warnings from others and seeing what used acrylic tanks look like with the over lapping lattices of micro scratches clouding the tanks. That can be buffed out I believe but who wants to do that once a year? I know they have their own benefits compared to glass but in this hobby one of the biggest attractions is a nice clear view of the aquascaping, flora, and fauna.
On the other hand I would be willing to consider something like that for a breeder or quarantine setup where I do not care about occasionally scratches etc. but it will have to offer something a glass setup does not have at a reasonable price.
Please keep us informed of your progress Indychus, as it's always nice to hear about people trying new DIY projects
I never tried acrylic myself due to scratching, but have wanted a small "all in one" setup for a while now as a second tank. Currently I am looking at the Nuvo Aquariums (4 gallon) by Innovative Marine mainly because they are glass. Yet I could always be swayed given the right setup, lol.