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Old 08-08-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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100 gallon tank build


Hey everyone,

I am just getting in to getting a fish tank. I went to the store to price out a tank and they are quite expensive. So i thought to myself, "why not build my own". I am looking to build approx. a 100 gal tank. with the dimensions of H-24in L-48in W-20in. I figured i would get 10mm thick glass for the walls. This will hold 377 liters (99.59 gallons). What kind of glass is strong, effective, cheapest, and safest for the tank? Also, will acetone, glass, silicone, silicon carbide sandpaper be the only materials i need? What is used for a base?

Thanks and sorry for all the questions. I am a newbie to the fullest.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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Welcome to TRT!!!!!!!

you have to calculate glass thickness by the length and height of the tank...

10mm dose not sound thick enough with a good safety factor for a tall tank, but long should be fine. (if not too long, otherwise you may need a brace)

here is a good link to prices...
http://www.glasscages.com/?sAction=ViewCat&lCatID=42

regular plate will be about $6 sq. foot, IME its cheaper to buy a new tank, or even used tank if you want a standard size, but if you want custom, DIY is the cheapest I think....

what are you thinking for dimensions?
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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H-24in L-48in W-20in....i used a calculater online to get the glass thickness and it said 10mm is fine..some one check that for me. Also, about how much money am i looking at to just construct the tank excluding a stand.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #4
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Someone check my math here for the glass area/cost....

((((24 * 48) * 2) + ((24 * 20) * 2) + (48 * 20)) / 12) * $6 = $2,112

that would be the cost on the glass, then figure 3-4x tubes of silicone at $15 each ($15 * 4 = $60)

then the cost of any braces or rims, and shipping you may have....

also any drilling that needs to be done..
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #5
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nooo not that much..only around 200 bucks. Those numbers are in inches not feet
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:38 PM   #6
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nooo not that much..only around 200 bucks. Those numbers are in inches not feet
haha, I always mess up on my squares....


so something like this right?

(((((24 * 48) * 2) + ((24 * 20) * 2) + (48 * 20)) / 12) / 12) * $6 = $176

$176 + $60 = $236 (not including shipping)

Thats a lot more doable
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exactly haha. 2100 and im out of the build lol. With this size tank do i need a rim?
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I would say at 24in high you will need a rim/brace unless you go thicker, but that dose not mean you can't do a euro style brace, those still look good IMO
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