Originally Posted by PaulieFish
Awesome!! I so want to make one, how much did it cost total?
Total... It probably cost me $70 bucks or so. But then again I did have a few of the parts. If I were to add everything up... it'd be..
2x2 foot (really strong) acrylic $35
1x2x8 frame wood $1.5 x 2 = $3.00
birch wood for outside... uh... $6.00
cheap acrylic for sump $5
Weld On #4 (I spent) $15 (but you can get it for like $7) (I have enough to last me a lifetime)
Applicator for weld on $5
Acrylic scorer (to cut it) $1.50
100% silicon $5? maybe, I don't remember
So that's about $75, but here are some of the things I already had.
Tubing, different sizes.
Hinges (yeah I'm gunna replace the ones that are one there)
Nails or screws
Honestly, I probably could have bought one cheaper. But I like building things, and it turned out very well, so I'm happy. Also, I bought the acrylic from lowes, they had three types. Strong, stronger, and strongest. I bought the strongest for the actual tank. I think you would have been fine with the medium stuff. That saves you a good 15 bucks right there. Plus you get more with the medium stuff (I think another square foot or so), so you might not need the extra stuff for the sump, so that's another 5 bucks off. If I were to build it again I could do it very cheaply, simply because I have all of the tools to build it. I'd just need to buy the materials.
One hint though, sand the edges of the acrylic... sand sand sand. The flatter the edges of the acrylic, the better it bonds, and the less likely it'll leak. I was lazy on my sump, and I paid the price. It was annoying.