Hello all, this is my first post on this forum so forgive me if I didnt go about it correctly or make some sort of mistake! I recently received a 125 gallon aquarium for free! The tank and stand and some general equipment were given to me by a friend who no longer had the time to take care of the tank
Now I am not new to fish keeping, or DIY, I've built several stands, and tanks (small ones) and even rebuilt a 55 and a 45 (took apart and completely resealed).
My problem is that this, is a 125 gallon tank with the back panel cracked
. I really would like to fix this thing up but my local glass store quoted me over $400 dollars for 1/2 plate glass in the size i need(72inX24in), Absolutely ridiculous!
I have a couple ideas in mind, one, does anyone know if this is the normal price for plate glass? Or should I shop around for a better deal? Two, I either have the idea to replace this back panel with plywood and waterproof, or to dismantle the aquarium and build a true plywood tank (with 3 sides as plywood).
My question is, what is the average cost of something like this? Could I, for example, just replace the back panel with plywood and have a safe, long lasting tank? This would be the cheapest option but ive never seen it done before.
Please please give me your inputs on this ! And any other method youve heard of or done yourself to repair a pretty large aquarium! I need cost effective ideas, I cannot believe the price of plate glass at 1/2 in! There has to be a better way