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Old 03-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone has ever made a aquarium out of 1" partical board .. the tank would only be about 135 gallons 60" long 18 wide and 24 tall
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Particle board has no inherent strength to keep it from bowing, unlike plywood. If it were used to cover a frame it might work, although something like MDF would be better. the issues with swelling and dissolution if it got wet would, for me, not make it worth the risk.
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Thanks. I just figured it could work in a smaller tank when coated with fiberglass resin and top braced
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Resin should make it impenetrable to water
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I was thinking about a 48"x24"x24" should be roughly 120 gallons. Would I be able to use Bondo brand fiberglass resin and mat to coat the inside and it be fish safe? It will be going in a wall between two rooms
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I was thinking about a 48"x24"x24" should be roughly 120 gallons. Would I be able to use Bondo brand fiberglass resin and mat to coat the inside and it be fish safe? It will be going in a wall between two rooms
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Thanks. I just figured it could work in a smaller tank when coated with fiberglass resin and top braced
If you were to take a 48" x 24" piece of particle board of say 3/4" thick, you could probably break it over your knee. I wouldn't risk it in a tank built as in the drawing. Just my opinion.
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And it would destroy your house when it breaks. Use something with much higher strength.
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A tank that small can't be that expensive. Why not just buy a glass tank?
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I could buy one but then that wouldn't be a plywood DIY. I went and bought 3/4" exterior grade plywood so I should b starting soon.. will bondo brand fiberglass resin work to seal it?
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