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i am thinking about making a tank that is 96in long, 24in wide, 16 tall.

can i use a diffrent type of material for the bottom? for these dimensions it would only take one sheet of glass or acrylic and all i would have to do is find a bottom, and i was thinking since you dont even see the bottom if i could use some other nontransparent material.

any one have any info on DIY tanks?
 

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If you're using acrylic... no way. The adhesive creates a chemical bond between the two sheets almost like they're melted together. If you want to use glass... think again. You're pocket will be destroyed. That much glass at that thickness is hella expensive. go with acrylic and you wont be dissappointed. And by the way, if you don't have alot of construction experience, find something better to do. I am very skillful in that trade and I've had two tanks bust on me... bring on the third. Which brings up another point... quit while you're ahead.
 

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The thoought of having a couple hundred gallons of water running through my living room scares the sh*t out of me.I can just about imagine the insurance adjusters look on his face as I tell explain what happened.lol

Wasn't some guy on p fury building a large acrylic tank?
I wonder how he made out....

Here's a sad story.(No, it's not me)
" http://www.globaldialog.com/~jrice/oddity_..._page/break.htm "
 

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i changed my plans to a tank that holds more gallons and would be probably cheaper........

the dimensions are 48x24x24.

by using these dimensions i wil use all of the 4feetx8feet peice of glass that i oreder. it would have to be 1/2in thick.

any suggestions?
 

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I hope you now if you go more than 18" in hight . you have to put on a middell brace.I made my tank 36"X 12" X 17" and do not forget to - the 1/4 off the middell .my glass was $110.00. the wood for the lid & light and silcane about $90 and one Lick !, good luck or ( petco)
 

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if i use cell cast acryllic instead of glass, do the same rules still pertain to acryllic as of glass?

e.g. if it is 20" high, you need 3/8" thick glass? so would i be fine using 3/8" thick acryllic? or do i need thicker?

my plan is to build a tank that has the dimensions: 144"x20"x24"
 
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