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Old 06-09-2005, 07:45 PM   #31
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DIY sections..
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/
there are quite a few people on the cichlid-forum that built glass/plywood tanks.
Im thinking Reef Central would have some as well.. I havnt had a chance to check it
out that much yet though..
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:46 AM   #32
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Would you folks say it is common practice to DIY 100 gallon tanks? Would it be more cost effective to just buy a glass tank? Between all the special paints, sealers, tools and lumber needed to make a DIY tank it seems that unless you want a mammoth sized tank that pet stores just DO NOT carry then you MUST DIY.

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Old 06-13-2005, 01:17 PM   #33
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I was assuming you wanted something 200+ gallons and I would assume that the DIY project would be cheaper.. you can DIY a Glass tank if you wanted to..
Big tanks are normally big bucks.. you usually have to special order them from the pet store and they usually mark them up at the very least 20%..
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Interesting... You wouldn't happen to know of any step by step instructions I could follow to build a 100 gallon tank? When I say step by step. I mean STEP BY STEP as I am a real laymen when it comes to building aquariums (this would be my first).

I find all of the DIY threads I have read which are designed to help others build an aquarium themselves are often very shallow in terms of attention to detail and are over all just not 'broken down' enough for me to really understand.

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Old 06-15-2005, 01:27 PM   #35
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Another silly question...I got my tank from a friend and assumed it was glass. Is there a way to tell the difference between glass and acrylic??
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:56 PM   #36
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If it is heavy, it is glass. If it is light, then it is acryllic. Of course this is for the same size tank.
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:14 PM   #37
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There would be a tremendous weight difference between an acrylic and glass aquarium, as jersyman stated. Also, glass aquariums tend to have a green tint to the glass. Try looking directly into the seem of a corner where one glass panel meets the other, you will a greenish tint if it is glass.

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Old 06-15-2005, 03:52 PM   #38
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Interesting... You wouldn't happen to know of any step by step instructions I could follow to build a 100 gallon tank? When I say step by step. I mean STEP BY STEP as I am a real laymen when it comes to building aquariums (this would be my first).

I find all of the DIY threads I have read which are designed to help others build an aquarium themselves are often very shallow in terms of attention to detail and are over all just not 'broken down' enough for me to really understand.

Thank you, so very much.

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I have yet to see a extreamly detailed DIY thread for building plywood tanks.. I have seen the some that just put up there after pictures..ack! LOL
Did you check out the GARF instructions? it gives you instructions after you put in the demetions you want to build the tank..
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Did you check the plywood tank instructions on the cichlidfourm?
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_list.php
There are 3 plywood tank projects on that page...
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acrylic is 17 times stronger than glass the same thickness. It scratches easier but can be buffed out easy. Also a much better insulator than glass. Glass can not be buffed out easy. I did a lot or research before I bought and went with acrylic. More money but worth it. Just make sure you get cell cast acrylic and not extruded.
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