Hi guys, it's time for me to build another tank. But this time I'll be using Acrylic and it will be a painting frame.
1. Acrylic thickness will be around 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch.
2. Will Wall mount with heavy duty screw at the four Joints with back wall before joining the front later on.
3. Going to use ladder to elevate the tank during the duration of Silicone curing.
4. Going to screw in 1 inch screw at each of the corner to secure the tank so later one it won't fell apart.
So that's my plan, anything that I left out or opinion on how to do this. Please feel free to tell me. Thanks!
You use acrylic glue i think the most popular for aquarium building is Weld-On #3 cement or methylene chloride. On the other hand i am completely confused on how you plan to hang it
Thank you I'll look into that. My plan is to drill 4 long screw at each joints = 16 screws total. Into a hardwood part of the wall. Then cut a piece of thin acrylic and glue it over the joints to cover and prevent leakage.
Something like this:
Last edited by CookieM; 04-20-2013 at 07:48 AM.
yeah the glue that is used really melts the acrylic together then is buffed and smoothed out so there is no visible seam. go to animal plant and look up tanked episodes they show acrylic tanks being made
It is called solvent. It really just melts the acryllic. If you do it right there should be no reason to buff. You only buff if you scratch the stuff. My recommendation on making your own acrylic tank is start small since its expensive if you mess it up.
Plus make site you get some scraps of acrylic to practice with.
I think that a small factor not being considered personally. You are giving yourself 2.5 inches of space to install what would be a larger fastener not including installation tools.
I would probably use .75" thickness for the back for rigidity, and countersink 6 large matching countersink lag bolts predrilled into the studs. Here is the fun part. You are going to have to build the tank on the wall, by correctly installing the back piece and building the rest after that is permanently installed. You also will be removing the ability to remove it as well, unless you have the ability to cut it apart. The strength of a properly glued acrylic tank is quite strong.
Hmmm so many factors in doing this. Maybe I could use a TV wall mount then mount the back to it so it can be taken off easier. The background wallpaper will either be marine blue or gloss black. Thank for all the advises.