Built your own tank? Question

  1. 77Impala

    77Impala Well Known Member Member

    I was wondering how many here have custom built a fish tank? And what all was involved? What was used for the frame?

    After moving my ADF family from their 10 gallon to 20 gallon long I am debating on building a custom ADF tank that would be 60 long, 18 wide and 10 high (approximate 46.75 gallons).
  2. Flowingfins

    Flowingfins Fishlore VIP Member

    My dad custom built my 100 gal. It's acrylic with a glass top. He said he used acrylic sealant and had a guy he knows cut all the pieces. He also said he spent 3 hrs a day for a month sanding it down. I don't know much about building tanks this is all what my dad told me. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1406863237.644747.jpg

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  3. FiscCyning

    FiscCyning Valued Member Member

    Is there a reason you need that specific size? Unless you absolutely need those exact measurements it will and up being much cheaper to just buy a tank. I've only built a small tank because I got the glass for free, but having to buy glass or acrylic ends up being more expensive than the preassembled tank if you can find an acceptable standard size.

    If you do build your own tank you will need 100% silicone (no mold/mildew resistant kinds), glass, a glass cutter, something to sand sharp edges, and preferably a caulking gun for evenly applying the silicone. Mine was frameless, so just the silicone holding it together. I taped the pieces while I was assembling and while it was curing.
  4. OP

    77Impala Well Known Member Member

    For height is why a custom tank. My frogs are in a 12 inch high tank but would do better in a 10 inch shallow tank. And a 40 Long is 18 high.

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