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I'm thinking about building my own aquarium as a summer project. I'm planning on a glass tank around a 20 gallon. Also I'm planning on making my own stand. Does anyone have any ideas on a good strong wood to build the stand from? Or does anyone have any sites that have plans for a stand. I also was wondering what people think about the type of glass. Tempored or plate glass?
 

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Hi ,have a look at this site its got plans for a good stand ,its for a 135 gallon but you can change the size to suit any tank .Sorry cant help you with the glass thing.
 

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my dad made my tank stand out of 2x4 pieces of pine. it looks sorta crude, even after blk paint and sanding, but it seems strong and can hold 2 10 gallon tanx
 

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  Goodmorning Shpeposer!  I have been looking for sometime now for good ideas on building you own tanks, just yesterday I came across a web site with posts on building a huge aquarium out of plywood!   As far fetched as that sounds, it looks sturdy, and like it might just work.  https://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com/panis/frankpanis3000.htm    Another site I found that helps a lot is https://www.garf.org/tank/BuildTank.asp   this one has a calculator you put in your size and it tells how big to have the glass cut.

A couple of months ago I was in touch with a gentleman in the UK who builds tanks commercially, he told me to use plate glass.   What I wanted to build had to be drilled, and he said he only uses plate. I figures for the drilled portions that would be necessary but he said plate for everything.   He also said 5/8" thick for my estimated 300 gal tank would be safer than the 1/2" the Build Tank site recommends.

Hope this gives you some ideas.   Good Luck.

Fish in the Frozen North.  8)
 
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Thank you for all your help. susitna-flower, thanks for all the sites and all. That was very helpful. I will keep everyone posted as I go along. Maybe as I go along I can post pictures and info on what works and what doesn't work. Give everyone some ideas. I just built my first tank. It was a mini tank for my betta. I built it out of acrylic. We'll see how that one goes. I test for leaks today.
 

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Awsome, this forum just keeps getting better!
I have two irredecent sharks and a pleco in a 20 gl tank. The sharks are still babies.
I am a little crafty and have done some research on building a tank and it has all been way to complicated.
I will be paying attention to your good works and I thank you.
 

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that's really cool and we'd love to see pics of your DIY tank. ;D
 
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