DIY fish tank vs store bought

LeoDiaz

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What is cheaper making ur own tank or DIY glass tank?
 

Dolfan

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I don't think you could make your own tank for the price of most standard tanks. Plus to be sure all the seams are well done and secure, I would go with a store bought. If you are looking for a custom tank such as a weird measurement or whatever, I would suggest glasscages.com. They will make whatever you want out of glass, acrylic or the "low iron" glass that is supposed to be much clearer.
 
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LeoDiaz

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I don't think you could make your own tank for the price of most standard tanks. Plus to be sure all the seams are well done and secure, I would go with a store bought. If you are looking for a custom tank such as a weird measurement or whatever, I would suggest glasscages.com. They will make whatever you want out of glass, acrylic or the "low iron" glass that is supposed to be much clearer.
I thought DIY was suppose to be cheaper?
 

Plecomaker

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Not in this case. Because theybuy all the materials in bulk ata discounted rate, it cheaper then it would be to buy all the glass at normal cost for 1 tank.
 

Tolak

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With the buck a gallon sales that regularly occur, and often a glut of new tanks afterward, unless you've got a source of suitable glass nearly free there is no savings building your own with tanks in the 10-55 gallon range. Used tanks in that size range go for 50 cents per gallon, often less if you find someone breaking down a fishroom. If you can find a couple, maybe 3 tanks that have a broken panel you can disassemble & build a usable tank, maybe 2, often people give away broken tanks.

If you want to go big many people opt for plywood tanks with 1 glass side, you're talking the 150 gallon plus range. It's cheaper than new, often cheaper than used, but there's still a considerable materials cost as well as needing to have some building skills.
 

Chris99

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I would say for the standard sizes (210 and less) it is cheaper to buy at a store. I just bought a 150 new for $550 and I can't imagine buying the glass alone for that price.
 

Danjamesdixon

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I own an aquatic design consultancy and build all my own tanks, I can easily match or undercut the cost of an LFS bought aquarium.

For example, the first tank I built - my 26gal - cost me £80 in materials. The equivalent of that from a manufacturer would cost around double that.
 

tameone

Active Member
£80 is $117 USD right now. You can get a complete 29 gallon kit in the states for around $70 USD with tank, hood, light, heater, filter, thermometer, food, water conditioner, bacteria starter. Frequently there are $1/gal sales, so a 26 gal would be under $30 USD with tax. That's about £20.
 

Danjamesdixon

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Unfortunately for us (or rather, fortunately for me), we can't get tanks that cheap over here A Juwel Rio 125 for example, is around £216. It depends on the quality you are after really.
 

Plecomaker

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Yeah, I could easily locate a 50 gallon for that same price.
 

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