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Old 08-03-2009, 02:27 PM   #11
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definitely make a sump. You could build a refugium into it too!
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:28 PM   #12
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so you are actually making the tank? what is pond armor?
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I think i'm going to see if I can get it to hold water first, then possibly reopen the sump debate.
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Yup. Sealing in the box. Adding glass. Instant fish tank. Just add water. I've seen a few of the plywood builds and I quite like the look of them.
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I figured i'd put some thing acrylic on top to try and keep cats outover that, but i'm stuck on the support for now.
Ah so you have catfish aswell?

I'm guessing the "versa tops" from All Glass wouldn't fit your size tank? Are you going to have a center brace? If so then you could probably make two smaller pieces instead of one larger one.
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:34 PM   #16
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We rescue cats. A lady in the neighborhood doesn't fix her cats so there are always strays in the neighborhood looking for some food it's heartbreaking. We adopted number 9 this weekend. If they're healthy and come into the house, they can stay. Unfortunately, they all turn into fat housecats, so I don't really want them jumping on it.

I don't think a standard top will fit since the top isn't a standard size. I'm putting a middle brace in at the minimum. Still trying to figure out how to light around it. Home depot has a lot of cheap acrylic, I can just make little hinges.
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:35 PM   #17
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what does the Pond Armor stuff do flake?
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Did you glue all of the seems with titebond or liquidnails?

If I were in your position for needing a brace across the top, I would probably do 2 cross braces about 8-10" wide out of 1/2" or bigger acrylic, w/ drilled and countersunk holes, and silicone adhesive.
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The other option I would consider for the top is to cut a 3/4" plywood similar to what you did for the front glass, except route it out to include a center brace on it.

I didn't get a good look at the bottom but if it were me I'd run 2 cross braces made from 2x4, in the same respective position as the top braces.

Possibly braces on the back side as well.

I've toyed around with the idea of a wooden tank, I hope you succeed.

I would also definitely build a sump. You wouldn't need the sump to have any glass on it. Just make it as big as possible, but leave room on sides for pumps and electrical.
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Pond armor is a potable epoxy used to line outdoor ponds, swimming pools etc. Its a 10mil coating to keep this thing water tight. I've seen it used before in DIY tanks and it looks like it should work pretty well.
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oh okay. your using it because your going to be making the tank, that makes sense.
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