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Old 02-14-2012, 10:57 AM   #11
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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Alright, will do. So that means 2 sides should be 3/4 of an inch less so it will fit perfect?
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After just building my own tank tops, I think I would rather let someone else do any and all cutting or Acrylic for me. It was not bad though. I would not do a large tank though, at least I am going to setup some dividers in my sump at some point. Glass tanks are so cheap just get one as the sump, will be cheaper than making one any day.
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It's not the price, it's the size. There are no tanks that will fit the width of my stand. If I could get a 10 gallon long it would be perfect but no one makes them anymore.
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I don't want to discourage you as I'm a big DIY fan, however, if you're cutting acrylic for a water tight container, you cuts need to be really straight with 90° edges. If you had any trouble with the pvc (in regards to cutting/fitting) you may be up for a challenge. You're going to need a table saw to get straight cuts for the sides and bottom or the seams won't glue together good enough to hold. Good luck!
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That sucks, sorry I have not been around anything that size, Good advice using a table saw will be best to get the best cuts. If you need it a special size make it your self, its not that bad. I would still not build a main tank even though I would love to be able to have a 500 gallon tank that I made, but I will have someone build one for me at that point.

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You can also use a router if you have the clamps and a nice straight edge. Building an Acrylic Aquarium
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I don't want to discourage you as I'm a big DIY fan, however, if you're cutting acrylic for a water tight container, you cuts need to be really straight with 90° edges. If you had any trouble with the pvc (in regards to cutting/fitting) you may be up for a challenge. You're going to need a table saw to get straight cuts for the sides and bottom or the seams won't glue together good enough to hold. Good luck!
I'm going to get them cut at the store. They have a special machine for it. Thanks!
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That sucks, sorry I have not been around anything that size, Good advice using a table saw will be best to get the best cuts. If you need it a special size make it your self, its not that bad. I would still not build a main tank even though I would love to be able to have a 500 gallon tank that I made, but I will have someone build one for me at that point.
Ya I agree, I would definitely spend the extra money to get a professional for that type of thing, I really don't want leaks for this sump, so I might just get it professionally done. I don't know, I'll make some calls and get back to everyone. It'll definitely be a diy sump though..
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A small sump like that would not need anything thicker than 1/4" acrylic, especially since there will be baffles to reinforce the structure. The problem with using a table saw to cut acrylic is it leaves a rough edge that needs to be smoothed to get a proper weld.
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