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Old 05-02-2005, 04:39 AM   #1
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do-it-yourself tank

where can I buy a do-it-yourself tank?I would like to buy all the things I need for a 90 gallon and put it together myself.

55 gallon freshwater
glass canopy with 48"twin tube flourescents
double emperor 400's
visi-therm 300w heater
tetra-tec AP200 air-pump
2 12 inch bubble strips
1 tiger oscar
1 red oscar
2 algea-eaters
10 gallon freshwater
1 whisper 30 pf
visi-therm 100w heater
rena200 air-pump[
4"round bubble circle
2 goldfish
1 catfish
1 algea-eater
2.5 gallon octagon freshwater
full hood with double light
1 nano filter
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:28 AM   #2
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Do you mean "build" your own tank? As in buy the acrylic, cut, polish, etc?


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Old 05-02-2005, 09:15 PM   #3
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:31 PM   #4
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You will save money for sure. I've started on a DIY tank, stand, and canopy. here's what I've come up with thus far:

1/2" Cast Acrylic (don't use extruded or anything smaller than 1/2" for tanks higher than 14")
Dimensions are: 36" (L) x 18" (W) x 17" (H). Gives about 47 gallons.
Cost: Professionally laser cut = $108 (cheapest in town). If I wanted them to also assemble it, the total would have been $228 ($40/hour x 3 hours).

Assembling materials:
Acrylic bonder: $10
Silicone: Free (Already had some. Can't remember the price)
Duct Tape: $5
Plastic molding (like what comes on manufactured tanks): $22

6 2"x4" "stud" boards: $23
1 1/2" Sanded Oak plywood: $35
1 2"6"x12' Cherry for trim: $20 (1/2 for the canopy as well)
4 "column" deco wood trims (to bridge the stand and canopy aesthetically): $10
1 box 3" wood screws: $5
Sandpaper or planer: Free (already had both)
Cabinet doors and hardware: $7

1 1/2" Snaded Oak plywood: $35
Piano hinge: $5 (clearance)
Knob/handle: $2.50

$10 and counting (need more, plus some sealant)

So you see, I've spend roughly $275. I expect that the total cost will be roughly $300. Figure what this similar would cost retail: $185 for the tank, $70 for the canopy, and $300 for the stand for a total of over $500. It may be less, but the place I shop, this is the cost. I've saved $200+, but at the same time I've lost countless hours working on this. Every cut has to be precise. Every measurement needs to be correct, within 1/16". You will have very good results (my stand looks better than any retail I've seen, plus it will probably hold twice the weight) and a higher gratification upon completed, but PLEASE ensure that you don't take any shortcuts.

I haven't checked the links in the DIY section, but here's what I've used:
For the canopy, I just looked at the retail ones at the store and made my own design.

I have the 3D (AutoCad, however you want it) renderings with all measurements if anybody wishes to have them.
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