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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Please help me with my DIY tank

After reading the DIY tank threads by Scolleyís Iíve decided to jump in and try my hand at a custom build tank. I would like to build a tank that is 36 x 24 x 24 which would roughly give me about 90 gallons. After going to garf.org and using their DIY tank calculator I came up with these measurements for the pieces of glass that I would need.

Bottom = 35 1/4 " x 23 1/4"
Front = 36 " x 24"
Back = 36 " x 24"
2 Sides = 24 " x 23 1/4"
Top Front/Back brace = 35 1/4 " x 2"
Top Sides brace = 23 1/4 " x 2"

Now I calculated I would need 12 mm glass since I was going 24 inches high. So I called a local glass shop and got a quote on what the glass would cost Ö. $432.00 dollars for regular glassÖ This canít be right. I could get a regular 120 gallon for a lot less ? Did i go over on the thickness of the glass that i need?
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You can probably save money on a custom sized glass tank by building it yourself, but for a commercially available tank size you be hard pressed to beat the manufacturer's economy of scale. Of course, factors like low Fe glass may make you decide that the added expense of building your own is worth it.

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Man it was alot...I might have to go the AGA 120 route. I could build a Plexi tanks for alot less ..so i might have to go that route ...
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jman - I think Bill is right to some extent. Unless you are trying to do something like low iron glass, you are going to have a hard time beating the economies that you see in off-the-shelf tanks. But, by using serious reinforcement around the top they can also make their tanks thinner, further reducing cost. I'll bet if you take calipers to a 90 in a store, it will be 3/8", not 1/2". And 1/2" cost disproportionately more because it is far, far less commonly used than 1/2".

But I do suspect your prices are high. I'm getting my Optiwhite at a real bargain rate at around $15 a square foot. I think regular 1/2" float glass like you ordered should be able to be found for maybe $10 to $12 a square foot, cut and edges polished. So do the math. But do keep in mind that they order in standard widths, 60" being common, and if they have any wastage due to the sizes you order, you'll be paying for that footage too.

Learned more about glass than I ever wanted to know on this little project...

Good luck!

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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Hi Scolley,

Man i think Iím going off the shelf on this one ....for the money Iíll be paying just in glass for the custom size.... i can buy a off the shelf with some extra toys . Just as well I guess, even though i love the no brace/rim look.. it sure makes me nervous as hell knowing the only thing holding everything in, is silicone ...

thanks for the replies guys !
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it sure makes me nervous as hell knowing the only thing holding everything in, is silicone ...
LOL! Can I quote you on that?

Good decision!

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Hmmm

I saw someones attempt at a custom tank at the LFS yesterday.

I could have done better with my teeth. Both end panels were at an angle of about 1˚, enough to be noticeable, and misaligned edges. YEEEEEEEE!

Some good tools would have probably saved this tank from being a disaster.


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Like drops of fertiliser into the tank, so are the days of our CO2...
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Keep posted Curare. I hope in a few weeks we'll see if a nice job can be done if you buy the tools, and take your time! Time will tell...

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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Keep posted Curare. I hope in a few weeks we'll see if a nice job can be done if you buy the tools, and take your time! Time will tell...
If all else fails maybe Curare will send you his teeth.

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LOL! Hopefully I won't need them!

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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Don't get me wrong guys, I'm not saying that I was going to have a crack at this myself.

ALthough there are a whole bunch of sheets of glass down in the wharehouse. 1/2" too....


Hmmmm....

*sound of cogs turning*


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