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Old 05-12-2011, 08:47 PM   #1
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Cool 3X3X2' Glass/Wood tank build

For a view of my design i have another thread open titled- "help building cool design of 130G tank"

So what is the strongest wood to use for the back (2) panels?

Aswell as the stand , what kind of wood would be strongest to support about 2000lbs ?

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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I think allot of people use plywood for the sides and bottoms with one side being glass.
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I agree, plywood for sides. For the stand, you could us 1x1's. Or 2x4's. 2x4's would be over kill but allow you to sleep at nite knowing its not going anywhere.
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I'd suggest 3/4" exterior grade plywood. Even if you seal the inside moisture has a way of getting thru to most any wood IME lol.

Following along, for sure and can't wait to see this great idea take shape!
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:59 PM   #6
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I agree that 3/4" ply would be a good idea. What are you using for the inside? Are you going use the epoxy method and pour it on? I think that by far has been the most successful but I have seen people use fiberglass as well. Regardless it is going to be a heavy tank.

Is the glass going to be 24" tall? Are you going glass or acrylic? I think most like to use glass plus it is a bit cheaper. If you have it custom cut be sure to tell them to round the edges so you don't cut yourself.
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smitty i will be using the epoxy paint method, it is more conventional than fiber glass. As for the dimensions it will 3x3x3 but i will have make a special cut and i was going with tempered glass 16mm thick so i sure it wont blow out when i fill and decorate and yes it will be a heavy tank i estimate 2000lbs Filled and fully decorated. I plan on it being a Planted tank, dont know what fish to put in after though since i usually own HM Betta tanks (my favorite) maybe angel fish? idk.
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I wasn't sure how tall it is as I saw this thread first and the title says 3x3x2. I didn't see that was a typo until seeing your other thread.

You may want to do some more research of the epoxy with those steps... Now that I've seen that I really don't know that the epoxy will work because it would just run down the steps and not give you the seal you want.
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D: Well i'll look into it. I'm finishing up my 3d layout of the stand i will post it later
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i've people use rubber? will that work?
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