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Old 04-20-2013, 01:37 AM   #1
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Wall Mount Shrimp Painting Ideas


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!
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:07 AM   #2
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as far as i know silicone will not stick to acrylic even if you ruff up the acrylic.
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Oh what do they use to glue acrylic? I never deal with acrylic before so I don't know.

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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
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:47 AM   #5
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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:


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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
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Ain't that pic's tank in the wall? I dunno if any amount of screw could hold a tank like that in place. Water is heavy as heck.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:36 PM   #8
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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.
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Yeah, that tank is just an in wall tank with a bit of overhang.

I surmise we don't see more aquariums like this because they're not feasible in the long term due to gravity.
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24x12x2.5 = 3.1374 gallons = 26lbs of water

Acrylic tank weight is dependant on type and thickness. I would estimate it another 20lbs

So, 50 lbs

It is doable, but you are going to need some lower supports in line with your studs, and you better hit those studs dead center with 3 inch fasteners at a minimum.
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24x12x2.5 = 3.1374 gallons = 26lbs of water

Acrylic tank weight is dependant on type and thickness. I would estimate it another 20lbs

So, 50 lbs

It is doable, but you are going to need some lower supports in line with your studs, and you better hit those studs dead center with 3 inch fasteners at a minimum.
Yeah, my HDTV 50" is heavier than that and I been hanging it for 4 years already. So 50 lbs shouldn't be a problem. The back piece will be the most thick piece so it will hold in place.

Also thank for the advice on which to use to glue acrylic. I will start the project at beginning of summer. If it success I will have one on every wall of my house
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maybe make a small shelf? just hidden right under the tank for some support?

it will be safer =/ the water damage from that much water is not worth it lol

paint the support shelf the same color as your substrate =< it'll be... less noticeable?
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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.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:23 PM   #14
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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.
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you could build a small frame around it like a picture frame but a little thicker and mount that to the wall so some of the tanks weight will rest on that
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