Home Made Fish Tank
Posted 05 June 2003 - 10:28 PM
Posted 05 June 2003 - 10:39 PM
glass depends on the size of the tank. the glass on my 30's is quarter inch thick. the glass on my 180 is three quarters thick. the bottoms are usually tempered glass. the moldings serve a purpose also. in the larger or longer tanks they keep the tank square.
silicone has to be 100% silicome. anything else can kill your fish. you could use aquarium sealant, but at 10.00 a small tube it is not cost efficient. also glass is not cheap. broke a pane of glass in my 40 and got the brilliant idea to replace it myself. cost more to replace the pane than to go out and buy a whole new tank.
depends on where you are. can get a whole 65 gallon set up with hood stand and lights new for 150.00. got my 180 for 50.00 used.
Posted 05 June 2003 - 11:13 PM
Posted 05 June 2003 - 11:45 PM
Posted 06 June 2003 - 12:48 AM
Posted 29 June 2003 - 02:04 PM
Posted 29 June 2003 - 02:30 PM
Posted 29 June 2003 - 02:36 PM
I had the same idea. But the glass can be expensive so i had an idea on building a big tank for cheep. I was looking at double glazed patio doors. Some have toughened glass. A second hand one with the frame damaged or missing would be cheep from the reclaim yard .
As for putting it together, i've read a number of sites and it doesnt look hard or complecated at all!
Then u can build a hood from wood.
I say if you got a bit of spare cash, give it a go. Whats the most you'll lose? Maybe 30 or 40 quid?
Posted 29 June 2003 - 02:45 PM
So very true. As frugal as you try to be, there is always something to spend money on. I don't think that I'm actually spending less by saving money here and there on ceratin items...I just spend whatever I saved on one thing on new fish or a cool new gadget. It's a very addictive hobby to be sure. I really like the tinkering aspect of things, however. I enjoy doing all of the DIY projects just for the fun of engineering a new piece of equipment and putting it together. I like to go to Home Depot in the mornings, get a free cup of their coffee from the checkout by the buliding supply exit and just wander around and wait for inspiration to hit me.
seems cheap but i think its the accesorys that cost the real money.
Posted 29 June 2003 - 02:51 PM
Don't do it! That glass is definitely not designed to hold the volume of water you are suggesting If you managed to assemble a tank that used it's full size, it will certainly explode...guaranteed. You would need premium glass an inch thick to hold back water the size of a patio door.
I was looking at double glazed patio doors. Some have toughened glass. A second hand one with the frame damaged or missing would be cheep from the reclaim yard .
Posted 29 June 2003 - 02:54 PM
Posted 29 June 2003 - 03:00 PM
Posted 29 June 2003 - 03:22 PM
Yeah that sort of size would be to big. But maybe f you chop it in half.
Posted 15 July 2003 - 11:49 PM
pitty no pics
but the article was quite good
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