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Old 01-17-2005, 02:14 PM   #1
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Building tanks using plywood?????

Hey all,
I was just reading on the GARF website about this guy who built a 500 gal tank using plywood and glass. He also said that he put plexiglass on the bottom so his LR wouldn't scratch.

Maybe I am reading this wrong. I didn't think that you could have plywood as a surface in your tank. He did talk about sealing it.

Hopefully I am reading this wrong and someone will set me straight.
Does he possibly mean that he put the plywood behind the glass.

TIA for helping me out. I have attached the artice too.
IT really is a cool article but slightly confusing.
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Ok,
Here is the article.

http://www.garf.org/news21p3.html#jake
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A while back there was a local pet shop that was building tanks out of plywood. I believe that he used an epoxy paint to seal them.
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:24 PM   #4
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You can certainly use plywood as a construction material. It does, obviously, need to be sealed to make it and the tank water-tight. Either an epoxy or some even use a rubber liner.


(going to move this to the DIY forum)
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:26 PM   #5
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Well, I'll be darned.
I was unaware that you could do that. He did say that he used Epoxy paint.
I will have to look more into that.
Thanks for the help.

Huh, you learn something new everyday.
Thanks again!
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Seems possible, but no thanks.
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:50 PM   #7
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when you're researching you'll probably come across this, but you have to be careful what paint you use. It has to be non-toxic. You don't want the paint leaching any contaminants into the water. What they may end up doing, is painting the plywood, then sealing it all under clear epoxy. Of course, you could also use the info in some of the threads here that cover the 3D backgrounds and cover the plywood with something more, realistic.
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I don't think that I will be doing anything like this, but I was unaware that you could even use the plywood.
It's neat but I prefer glass over anything else.
Just Old Fashioned I guess
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Not old fashioned, tanks just look much better all glass
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Old 01-17-2005, 04:08 PM   #10
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if you want to view the tank from more than one side, absolutely. IMO, if you're not going to be viewing from more than one side then why spend all the extra money? You could make a trank hundreds of gallons if you use plywood instead of an average size tank using all glass or acrylic. Also, many folks find wood easier to work with than glass/acrylic.


and if you wanna go uber big... cement with a viewing glass/window
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