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Old 10-26-2011, 03:53 PM   #1
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Call me crazy (most people do).

I have access to sheets of acrylic that are 31" x 31" x 1/2" for $10.00 per sheet. I started thinking about what I could build with it. While this is very preliminary, I am curious what you expert DIY guys thought. Would the miter joints hold up under the water pressure for a 24" tall tank. I would hide the joints in the back wall behind the dual overflow boxes and beef them up with a second 6" wide layer of 1/2" acrylic. I would build a base frame out of 1/2" which would support the bottom panels as well as beef up the joints in the bottom panels. I would duplicate the base plate to create the top supports.

Ok, get your shotguns out and start blowing holes in my rough idea.
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wouldnt the stress of not being supported across the botoom create a problem after a while?
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maybe the stand would support the weight and it would be ok.
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no, what im trying to say is he is using pieces underneath the tank to help hold his joints together, which means the bottom of the tank itself wont be flat.
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ohhh yes thats what i gather from it. i dont know if im a fan of having a seem on the bottom. or the back of the tank...

rd you could make one heck of a cube tank out of this stuff and have a very attractive tank. 34x34 and 24 tall. with a nice pendant light. it would be beautiful
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Would you ever consider shipping some acrylic (i want some bad!!!)... Or could you tell me where you got it from
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wouldnt the stress of not being supported across the botoom create a problem after a while?
I was thinking the same thing but figured I could cut plywood inserts to put in the open areas. Then again, how many stands have you seen that only have cross braces? I always wondered about that. I know I would feel safer if there were a solid surface below the entire bottom.

Of course now that I think of it, at $10 per sheet, the acrylic may be cheaper than plywood. LOL
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ohhh yes thats what i gather from it. i dont know if im a fan of having a seem on the bottom. or the back of the tank...

rd you could make one heck of a cube tank out of this stuff and have a very attractive tank. 34x34 and 24 tall. with a nice pendant light. it would be beautiful
Thought about that too. Would look nice in the master bedroom. LOL At the very least, I want some to build a sump. Just depends on how much if any they have left.
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Would you ever consider shipping some acrylic (i want some bad!!!)... Or could you tell me where you got it from
I will do anything if the price is right. LOL So far they have not replied back. I found the ad on Craigs List. It is someone who put in a clear raised floor. I assume they had to buy full sheets but had to cut it down for the floor. This is the left overs. They had a picture that looked like there may have been 30-35 sheets but who knows if they sold it or not.
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