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Making You Own Acrylic Tank

6 years 9 months ago #32743 by mikeg2929
Unfortunately acrylic and reasonable prices do not seem to go hand in hand. Craigslist, all the different marine websites, etc. are great places to look for a used tank. Just be ready to pounce. Good deals go fast.

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6 years 9 months ago #32742 by Senase
Replied by Senase on topic Making You Own Acrylic Tank
Thanks for all the help and advice everyone! Now, one other question...does anyone know of a Acrylic Manufacturer that is located in the United States with decent prices?

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6 years 9 months ago #32741 by whetfish
Uarujoey explains it all.


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6 years 9 months ago #32740 by mikeg2929
There are 8, 180 gallon tanks that I assisted in making, about 5 years ago. The guy who was the lead on project owed me some $, he also owned a acrylic fabrication company. We used a $140,000 CNC router table to cut the pieces to an extreme tolerance. Everything was 100% square and true. Made it easy. We actually bonded all of the tanks at one time - just moved from table to table. We used right angle jigs to hold pieces and we really blew through it.

We had 8, 10 by 4 foot tables to work on, the jigs and the router table - made it all easy. Realistically, we could have made another 100 of them, if we chose.

My point - it was easy with the right equipment. If you want to make something tiny - a sump, small tank, etc. it is pretty easy to do. When you get into the 6 foot long tanks, you need a lot of clearance and muscle to move them around.

By the time you are done, you may be better off finding a used one on craigslist.

It takes a lot of care and patience. If you had the time and could focus on doing one side per night, by the end of the week, you would have a very nice looking tank. The trick is the polishing. the rough corners need to be dulled back and polished and any extra weldon needs to be removed.

Good luck.
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6 years 9 months ago #32739 by ziggy2
Replied by ziggy2 on topic Making You Own Acrylic Tank
There are some very good post on U Tube.
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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #32738 by Senase
So everyone, I have been researching how to make your own Acrylic tank for the past 5 months and I wanted to hear your thoughts. If I do decide to go through with it I would begin with a few small scale tanks and work my way up. Has anyone tried this? If so, what is the best Acrylic supplier? What are the Dos and Donts you have experienced through making your own tank? I would appreciate any advice and thanks for checking my topic out!

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