Originally Posted by Leighgonch
I'm an acrylic fabricator by trade making acrylic items for the point of sale industry i have been bitten by the tropical fish bug and I am looking to build my own acrylic tank approx 104 US gallons. I'm pretty clued up with the construction and bonding processes involved so was going to build a standard tank.
However after doing a bit of research into the tank building I have discovered other elements in some diy tanks such as bulkheads, overflows and sumps to which I have no idea what they are or whether my tank will require them.
Is their anyone who can explain what important things a tank of the size I want to build needs. as I feel it may not be as straight forward as just a 5 sided box....?
A sump is not a requirement but I think its a good idea to have one. The bulkhead fitting goes between the inside and outside of the sump with a rubber gasket in between to connect any piping. They sell overflow boxes which help to regulate the water flow