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What thickness for a 12x12x12 inch

What thickness of glass or acrylic would I need to make a 12x12x12 inch rimless, braceless aquarium? I've used several thickness calculators and have read several threads and seen recommendations from 1/8" up to 3/8" with 1/4" being the most common. I can buy a Mr. Aqua for $50 and its made from 5mm (0.19685") glass. I found a few places on ebay where I can get 12x12x1/4" cast acrylic for $56 and free shipping. Any advice or recommendations are appreciated.
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I would go 1/4" for glass, and 3/8" at least if doing acrylic... Not really worth it in my opinion (and experience) unless you already have the materials... Especially considering that Places like BRS have free shipping on these sizes already and in stock-

Mr aqua tanks at BRS

7.5 gallon Mr aqua cube tank

Hard to beat $49.99 and free shipping for the effort required and material cost...
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I would go 1/4" for glass, and 3/8" at least if doing acrylic... Not really worth it in my opinion (and experience) unless you already have the materials... Especially considering that Places like BRS have free shipping on these sizes already and in stock-

Mr aqua tanks at BRS

7.5 gallon Mr aqua cube tank

Hard to beat $49.99 and free shipping for the effort required and material cost...
Hi Lingwendi1,

Thank you for your feedback and information, I appreciate it. I'll probably place an order for the Mr. Aqua before the end of the week. Definitely cheaper to go that route. Talked with a local glass company today, they wanted $149.89 for 5 pieces of 12x12x1/4. I do want to try making a glass and an acrylic aquarium at some point but I'm going to wait until I can get the material cheaper.
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Hi Lingwendi1,

Thank you for your feedback and information, I appreciate it. I'll probably place an order for the Mr. Aqua before the end of the week. Definitely cheaper to go that route. Talked with a local glass company today, they wanted $149.89 for 5 pieces of 12x12x1/4. I do want to try making a glass and an acrylic aquarium at some point but I'm going to wait until I can get the material cheaper.
I think it's cheaper to buy a tank at $1 per gallon sale, take it apart and cut the glass yourself with a $5 cutter that will only last for 1 project.

I think the 29g aqueon tanks have 1/4" glass.

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At $75 from buceplant.com, pick up the UNS 30C and be done with it. You simply aren't going to find a nicer tank out there for that price. Need I mention mitered edges? =O

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At $75 from buceplant.com, pick up the UNS 30C and be done with it. You simply aren't going to find a nicer tank out there for that price. Need I mention mitered edges? =O

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Agreed completely. Just got this in today and its beautiful, even comes with a mat. UNS does very nice work, and they as well as the folks at buceplant.com are very nice and professional. Now I want all UNS tanks... lol They need to make a 24" cube.
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At $75 from buceplant.com, pick up the UNS 30C and be done with it. You simply aren't going to find a nicer tank out there for that price. Need I mention mitered edges? =O

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Agreed completely. Just got this in today and its beautiful, even comes with a mat. UNS does very nice work, and they as well as the folks at buceplant.com are very nice and professional. Now I want all UNS tanks... lol They need to make a 24" cube.
Hi matemcnutty and KrypleBerry. Thanks for the info and the link. Just checked it out. They look awesome. 24"? I could get into that!

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I think it's cheaper to buy a tank at $1 per gallon sale, take it apart and cut the glass yourself with a $5 cutter that will only last for 1 project.

I think the 29g aqueon tanks have 1/4" glass.
Hi FishRFriendz,

Thanks, I was thinking about that as well. That would be a good way to make my first tank. If I mess up, I'm not out of pocket that much.
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Hi matemcnutty and KrypleBerry. Thanks for the info and the link. Just checked it out. They look awesome. 24"? I could get into that!

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Hi FishRFriendz,

Thanks, I was thinking about that as well. That would be a good way to make my first tank. If I mess up, I'm not out of pocket that much.
Hmm I just came into a broken 90g so I'm getting the glass for free. So adding everthing I think I need to my Amazon basket...

Razors 100 pack (ok a bit overkill, I have other uses for them too)
$5.81 Addon item

Glass cutter (I got one that has 6 cutting wheels so you rotate the wheel and have a fresh blade so I'm paying a bit more for it)
$8.99

2 tubes of GE Silicone 1 Window and Door (maybe 2 tubes is overkill, I also have other uses for it)
2 x $4.47 Addon item

Subtotal = $23.74
+ Tax 9% = $25.88

Add on the $1/g tank... 20g would be enough...

Still pretty expensive, almost $50, and a whole lot of work. Not worth it, go directly to Mr Aqua 7.5g cube, or +$30 for the low iron/UNS version.

For me tho it's not about saving money, it's about getting a tank that is EXACTLY the right size to fit in a certain spot and maximize volume for the spot that it's in.

Tho... it sure was nice to get a free 90g with a cracked panel. Saved $22 lol. This glass is way too thick for what I want to build tho.

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Hmm I just came into a broken 90g so I'm getting the glass for free. So adding everthing I think I need to my Amazon basket...

Razors 100 pack (ok a bit overkill, I have other uses for them too)
$5.81 Addon item

Glass cutter (I got one that has 6 cutting wheels so you rotate the wheel and have a fresh blade so I'm paying a bit more for it)
$8.99

2 tubes of GE Silicone 1 Window and Door (maybe 2 tubes is overkill, I also have other uses for it)
2 x $4.47 Addon item

Subtotal = $23.74
+ Tax 9% = $25.88

Add on the $1/g tank... 20g would be enough...

Still pretty expensive, almost $50, and a whole lot of work. Not worth it, go directly to Mr Aqua 7.5g cube, or +$30 for the low iron/UNS version.

For me tho it's not about saving money, it's about getting a tank that is EXACTLY the right size to fit in a certain spot and maximize volume for the spot that it's in.

Tho... it sure was nice to get a free 90g with a cracked panel. Saved $22 lol. This glass is way too thick for what I want to build tho.

Sweet! That should be fun. Post a picture when your done. I went ahead and ordered the Mr. Aqua from BRS, however, if I do come across a broken tank for free I will try to make my own aquarium. I'd at least like to try and if it wasn't worth it, I can at lease scratch tank building off my bucket list of things I'd like to try.
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Hmm I just came into a broken 90g so I'm getting the glass for free. So adding everthing I think I need to my Amazon basket...

Razors 100 pack (ok a bit overkill, I have other uses for them too)
$5.81 Addon item

Glass cutter (I got one that has 6 cutting wheels so you rotate the wheel and have a fresh blade so I'm paying a bit more for it)
$8.99

2 tubes of GE Silicone 1 Window and Door (maybe 2 tubes is overkill, I also have other uses for it)
2 x $4.47 Addon item

Subtotal = $23.74
+ Tax 9% = $25.88

Add on the $1/g tank... 20g would be enough...

Still pretty expensive, almost $50, and a whole lot of work. Not worth it, go directly to Mr Aqua 7.5g cube, or +$30 for the low iron/UNS version.

For me tho it's not about saving money, it's about getting a tank that is EXACTLY the right size to fit in a certain spot and maximize volume for the spot that it's in.

Tho... it sure was nice to get a free 90g with a cracked panel. Saved $22 lol. This glass is way too thick for what I want to build tho.
I've built over a dozen tanks, not the cheapest way, but having something built with your own two hands is worth it, especially if you want it a certain dimension that isn't an off the shelf item.

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Sweet! That should be fun. Post a picture when your done. I went ahead and ordered the Mr. Aqua from BRS, however, if I do come across a broken tank for free I will try to make my own aquarium. I'd at least like to try and if it wasn't worth it, I can at lease scratch tank building off my bucket list of things I'd like to try.
Projects like that are fun, I cut down a standard 75 gallon (crack in the upper back wall) to 10" tall a few years ago and used it as a frag tank, 48x18x10" is a pretty nice size for coral grow out, easy to light too. Busted tanks are nearly worthless, so worth the time to fuss and experiment on.


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I've built over a dozen tanks, not the cheapest way, but having something built with your own two hands is worth it, especially if you want it a certain dimension that isn't an off the shelf item.



Projects like that are fun, I cut down a standard 75 gallon (crack in the upper back wall) to 10" tall a few years ago and used it as a frag tank, 48x18x10" is a pretty nice size for coral grow out, easy to light too. Busted tanks are nearly worthless, so worth the time to fuss and experiment on.
It does sound like fun. I'm looking forward to doing it some day.
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