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Looking for anything...DIY aquarium

...to help me build an aquarium.

I need articals, advice, tips, whatever that gives a shread of info in building your own aquarium. If you have built your own, please let me know anything you feel is important that a newbie must know! I've got a very rough understanding of bit and pieces picked up here and there - just no full article or guide to follow.

Thanks in advance.

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the most important tips i can give you:

1- use ONLY 100% silicone. make sure it says only silicone as the ingredient.
2- use the right glass thickness for tank size.
3- once you assemble the aquarium, DO NOT MOVE IT until the silicone is completely cured.
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Just wondering why you would want to build your own aquarium? For standard sizes it really hard to beat the price of a commercial tank when one figures the cost of materials and labor involved. For larger tanks many people build them out of plywood and fiberglass the interior. But we are talking LARGE tanks here, ones that require concrete slabs as a floor material.
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I'm not looking to save money, though building your own can. My primary purpose is to have a choice of high clarity glass, no seems, and less silicone smears. In short - https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=10056

I'm looking into one that is 30"-36" long and about 16" high. A plywood tank won't be necessary since those are mostly made for very large tanks/marine/Cichlid. I also don't want to work with the harmful epoxy again. I've built a wooden kayak before, and while it was a satisfying, it was a lot of work and hassle.

Well there you have it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Probably already seen this, but http://www.thekrib.com/TankHardware/

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Thanks zapus. I learned more new and helpful info. I'm still in need of a full guide or tank plan to follow. Something that pulls the pieces together.
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I believe I found a good article to follow. http://duboisi.com/diy/BNdiytank/bndiytank.htm This particular guide shows how to build an acrylic aquarium.

For the most part it is clear, but there is one part that the author stresses in all caps, "YOU MUST USE "CELL-CAST" ACRYLIC SHEET, THIS CANNOT BE OVEREMPHASIZED!". Doesn't explain. Anyone know why?

Any money saving tips too? I called several acrylic manufactures, and as of now only got a quote from one. $220 for 3/8" Cell-Cast acrylic! The article says you can find it for ~$110 - 130 - And they were referencing a piece that was about 30% larger then what I need.
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Cast acrylic is much stronger than "normal" acrylic. And the price is going to vary as the price of oil changes.
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Ok - so cast acrylic is a must. I've only had time to get 1 quote, so I'm sure I can find a cheaper source. That cost also includes all cutting and routering/smoothing of the edges for a better bond seal.

BTW, how long does it take for the "yellowing" of acrylic to become noticible? And anyway to slow the process?

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