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Need opinions pls.

I was told/quoted by a builder (online supplier/distributor of fish tanks) that they can use 3/4" acrylic panels to make a 225 gall tank. The size of the tank is 72"x24"x30"-LxWxH.

Is that a good thickness for a tank this size/measurements? They also told me that they would drill 1" holes for the drains/returns. I think that is too small...perhaps they should be 1.5 inch?

Thanks for the opinions/comments. This is my first acrylic tank so I don't know anything about them...


Forgot to add... I need this tank to have a Eurotrim on top. Builder said they can make the top with 4" trim all around...
 

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The holes depend on the bulkhead used. Make sure you know what bulkheads you will use and see what hole size they recommend.

Regarding, thickness. I would contact James over at http://www.envisionacrylics.com/ . He builds the best acrylic aquariums in the business and he should answer any questions you might have.
 

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Not sure on the thickness. The manufacturer would know best. After all they are the one who is going to warranty it, not anyone else. The key is going with a reputable company.

Personally I decided on 1" due to a very slim margin in cost increase, and the desire for limited bowing.

As far as the bulkhead. Personally I would go 1.5" (intake). Its much easier/pump effecient to reduce down to 1" piping then it is to go back up.
 

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Thanks for the tips guys.

JDowns, we think alike! I was thinking of 1" thickness with 1.5 bulkheads.
 

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Also wherever you get your tank. Request a few scraps. These are nice if you ever get a scratch, so you can practice and perfect removal. Its also nice to test whatever microfiber cloth you end up getting. I've had a microfiber cloth from Ace create swirls. I use two different kinds from a company called Total-Reach. Their glass and mirror for Novus 1 application, and the dust and polish as a chamois/dusting cloth. A three pack of each should be under $5 and will last a very long time. Just a few tips from lessons I've learned from owning acrylic.
 
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