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yellowslayer13

cow kid what do you think

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thecowkid

Sorry I didnt mean to overlook your question. It all depends on the look your wanting to go for. I actually love the look of the long and low tanks that are made of .5" acrylic. I just looks really neat in my book. But you could safely build that tank out of 3/8".

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yellowslayer13

all it would be is a fish holding tank so I will do it out of 3/8ths

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coolwaters
If your going rimmed you can do it with 3/16"

 

Rimless 1/4" will bow a but not much at all.

 

1/2" is way overkill for the tank your planning on building.

 

here is a chart that is used by the pros.

 

Aquarium Height Sheet Thickness

1 to 12 inches 1/4 inch

12 - 18 inches 3/8 inch

18 - 24 inches 1/2 inch

24 - 30 inches 3/4 inch

 

whats about right. also you might consider euro bracing. mines was 8" tall and 14" wide and there was a 1/4" bow.

 

its not all about height its about width too.

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fishez4alivin

I think with reef tanks, if you use a wavemaker or controllable powerhead, like a vortech, you need to overbuild. I made a 36x24x16 and it is bowing. That was made with 3/4" cell cast. If I did it again, I would either go 1" or put a eurobrace in it.

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davidncbrown

Well I decided to go for 1/4" cell cast. Its going to be 12"h x 12"w x 16"l. The filter section will be 4" made from 1/8" black acrylic similar in design to a nano filter. Euro brace on top, and the front of the tank will be 90 degree bends, not glued for added strength. I'll create a thread following my progress once I start building.

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travisurfer

My 20H didn't really bow until over 6 months of being setup. :unsure:

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Szabbath

Hello I am thinking of making  a 72” x 24” x 18” aquarium from 1/4 “ commercial grade cast acrylic. I am planning on bracing it about every foot on the top rim with cross pieces. Does anyone know if this will work? Has anyone tried this before?

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This guy is extra salty

No it won’t 

doesnt have enough structural integrity 

if it was a sump with baffles 12-24 in with eurobrace yes you can do that 

otherwise it will fail

 

.750 or 1in acrylic will work with your dimensions and bracing

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not giving my name

so say I want to make a 60 gallon fresh water tank out of acrylic how thick does it need to be

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Christopher Marks
48 minutes ago, not giving my name said:

so say I want to make a 60 gallon fresh water tank out of acrylic how thick does it need to be

It depends on the tank dimensions, can you share them?

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jon69
On 1/14/2009 at 5:33 AM, calvin415 said:

Here's the 1/2" one that eventually bowed...

 

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cool a little lost for word i like it still working out where you hid every thing  mmm?

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Liam honl

I am making a fish tank that is 30 gallons. For the thickness of my acrylic glass should it be 5/8

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This guy is extra salty
On 7/10/2019 at 8:44 AM, Liam honl said:

I am making a fish tank that is 30 gallons. For the thickness of my acrylic glass should it be 5/8

It depends on dimensions, and if it is a six sided box. 

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