Just a month after getting into fish keeping and I am getting upgrade-itis!
And your sticky on the DIY
tank got me hooked.
I have done extensive furniture building before so I can handle the cabinet & hood work, but since I have never build a tank before, I would love to get some advice & comments on the planning stage, before I get too deep into trouble. So thanks in advance.
I am planning something like a 36x18x18 out of acrylic (easier to work than glass, plus I can use all my wood working tools). The site gave pretty good instructions but I have more questions:
1. Anyone has experience with acrylic over the long term - ie with yellowing or scratches, etc.
2. Glass tank is supposed to be supported around the edges only, how about acrylic? I figure this will weigh some 400 lbs, and I would rather like to overbuild and have solid support on the bottom too.
3. How much weight can the acrylic hold? I am thinking of resting the hood directly on the tank, is this advisable? or should I build extra support?
4. For filtering, I am thinking of an interior overflow into a trickle filter - BTW
great post on the trickle filter design here! VS a fluval canister. Any thoughts on the pros & cons of each?
That's all for now. I'll probably spend the next month researching & planning before starting the project, and would love to hear from you all.