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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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Need Guidelines for Building Fish Tank

Hi everyone,
I'm going to try my hand at building my own acrylic fish tank since I have now outgrown by 55 gallon. I know the general rules about any height over 20 inches has to be half inch thickness. The size of the tank and I want to build is 48 x 20 x 24. What I like to know is for the top plate to I really need a center brace instead it being completely open. On my acrylic 55 gallon the center brace gets in the way in anything I do. So if I could eliminate the center brace it would be so much easier to landscape, catch fish, put in a diy background that is a one-piece instead of multiple pieces, etc. By the way how do production tanks get away with their side panes being such a thin thickness. My 55 gallon is 48 x 13 x 20 and it's all made of 1/4 inch thick acrylic.
Looking forward to your ideas and comments,
Pat
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By the way how do production tanks get away with their side panes being such a thin thickness. My 55 gallon is 48 x 13 x 20 and it's all made of 1/4 inch thick acrylic.
Sorry I don't know the answers to any of your questions, but are you sure your 55G is acrylic? That sounds awfully thin to me.. My 45 Gallon glass tank is 1/4"
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Check out www.garf.org
One the left hand side, find the DIY Pages Link, and expand it. There is a tank calculator there that will give the cuts and everything.
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I'm amazed that your 55 was .25" thick. I'd remeasure.

When building you're own tank...... don't skimp on stuff. I speak from experience.


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