Going to build a Acrylic tank

Discussion in 'New Tank Builds' started by Ocho, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Ocho

    Ocho Plankton

    hey everybody I just built my first sump and in the process I noticed cracks on my bulkheads from my overflow pipes. So it has me a lil worried so I’m thinking of BIGGER!!! And that’s how it begins.
    Going to use 1/2 acrylic and weld it together and thinking of a 6’ L X 18”D X 36”T.
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  2. Botheboss

    Botheboss Director-At Large

    Only thing about acrylic is it scratches so easy.
  3. Ocho

    Ocho Plankton

    Yeh, but how easy? I have read up and some types of acrylic are a lil tougher than others. I have been getting some 1/4 -1/2 acrylic for Mr. Plastic in Little Rock and he might be able to help me out with the tougher less scratch resistant stuff. Thoughts?
  4. Ocho

    Ocho Plankton

    So is glass so much better and the silicone gonna hold? I’m sure it will but love the seamless look. Gonna do more research for sure but asking the group for lessons learned from building there own tanks.
  5. Botheboss

    Botheboss Director-At Large

    Easy enough that cleaning might be a issue.
  6. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    That is awesome! Can't wait to see this happening!

    If you have the room, I would strongly urge you to think about making the front to back dimension bigger, at least 24" and 30" would be better. Much easier to aquascape

    Also consider that 36" deep will be tough (and expensive) to light. It will also be a pain to maintain unless your arms have grown since the last time I saw you!:D
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  7. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    I think, I cant be 100% sure, but might the minerals in a reef tank be more conducive to scratching your acrylic? Those scratches could be buffed out, but it would be a never ending battle once the coralline started growing.

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