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redchigh 05-14-2010 09:33 PM

Building an Aquarium- 30+ gallon DIY
Okay, so I haven't started yet. :p
BUT My home depot has GREAT prices on 1/2 inch glass.

I'm pretty sure I could afford it well enough.

I'm thinking-
Which adds up to... 60 gallon? 65 gallon? Sheesh I thought I was good at math!

Hmm. This is my first time building one so I guess I'll go with a 30-40 gallon tank..

With 1/2 inch glass... Gives a pretty goos safety factor (over 5 I believe.)

Anyone have any good ideas?

As far as resources I'm using:

Anyone else tried it? Any ideas/warnings?

I plan on editing this as I go. First I have to do the research and find a camera... But then!
Oh joy! a "big" tank!

(All I have now are 10s and 5's. This will be HUGE to me.)

redchigh 05-15-2010 09:56 AM


Home depot has Glass (1/4 and 1/2 inch thick, same price) in these sizes:

I think I added up the cheapest form and shape-
For $31.40 I can buy 2 30x36 pieces.
I will have them cut so I have:
2 15x15
3 36x15

Which would give me a 34-35 gallon tank for less than $32

I could also build a 27 Gallon tank for about $29, but the 35 will give me the most bang for my buck.

I will post photos when I begin construction.

Zeetrain 05-15-2010 12:03 PM

Definately keep us posted with pics. Im looking forward to see how this works.

redchigh 05-15-2010 12:28 PM

Yay, Xrayjeeper bought some driftwood so now I can ask for my birthday money early and have enough.
(sad isn't it?)

Anyways I just got to thinking- I dont have a stand.
Since it'll be over 400 Ib's full of water maybe I could put some thought into that too.

Maybe I can get some cinderblocks off of craigslist.

zof 05-16-2010 01:46 PM

You might check some local glass companies, you might halve the price because they will have some scraps from windows that they cant sell, also remember you probably want to get the bottom panel tempered since it will be supporting all that weight.

Cant wait to see your results!

redchigh 05-16-2010 02:25 PM

I've been to a couple places... Most of the places that do windows only have 1/4" glass.

Home Depot has 1/4 and 1/2 inch glass, its the same price, and will cut it for free.
I'm not sure I'll be able to beat that.

I'll wait until I have a camera to begin construction.

beetlebz 05-16-2010 10:48 PM

just for kicks, could you just double up the bottom pane?

zof 05-17-2010 01:11 AM

While it might hold a little longer then a single pane I think eventually the first pane would break under the weight and eventually crack the next pane, while 1/2 glass is pretty thick I am unsure of its tolerances I might do ok just by itself. Googling it only brings back wind loads for specaltiy glasses. Maybe another member with experence in this subject can bring more light to the subject as I am lost beyond knowing 35 gallons x 8.35 water weight per gallon = 292.25 pounds = a rather fat man standing on a piece of glass for a long time.....

bearwithfish 05-18-2010 02:49 PM

good point .. however upon thinking about this i remember seeing some where that one could add a piece of egg crate to the bottom (supporting the glass directly at the level of the stand) and then build around that.. i mean you lose about 1/2 inch internal depth but it spreads the weight out to multiple points for support.... picture putting the egg creat down and the bottom flat on top of that then build the sides even with the table... see what i am getting at?

beetlebz 05-18-2010 03:34 PM

now THAT is some good thinking. This could work!!

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