Building your tank from WOOD???

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  1. Jodyc

    Jodyc BigCichlid

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    HI,
    I have been pondering this idead for quite a while.

    If you refer to the link below:
    http://www.jonolavsakvarium.com/eng_diy/2200litre/2200litres.html

    How possible do you think and cost effective will this be?
    I am thinking to do the same, then house a couple of massice cats and some big cihlids and a Clown knife or two?? And a Arowana.

    Any Comments?

    My big issue is as always in thsi case... WATERPROOFING!!?
     
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    I have seen a lot of articles on the net about wooden tanks and they can be sealed in a number of ways, pond lining paint, fiberglassing etc.
     
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    Hi Jodyc,

    A lot of boats are made with wood, and then sealed with a good quality marine varnish. Whether the varnish is non-toxic to fish is another story.

    As long as you use a good quality wood (marine ply???) you shouldn't have a problem. The waterproofing, as I've said could be a marine varnish. The problem could be sealing the joints. You have to bear in mind that silicon doesn't actually bond to wood!
     
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    HI,

    Thanks for the quick replies.
    I was thinking of using normal Pine wood, and then using epoxy and fiberglass to do the sealing ???
     
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    I would rather build a nice big pool/pond for the large fish...
     
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    I just think that with the tank, displayed in the link, taht I can view the fish better, not?
     
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    Nawaaz Tanganykman

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    Yes true. but if you build a high 1 you can add a rock scape with a glass view between rocks if you know what i mean. My concern would be the strength of that tank...
     
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    yip, i know exactly what you mean.
    I will read up on strength some more though.
     
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    Wingman001 any one say fish?

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    Looks tempting though?
     
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    Just think about it

    1 x viewing pane (1inch safety glass)

    Tank = 2.5m X 1m X 1m

    Mmmmmmm.... Magic
     
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    well - my tank is pretty close to that - 2.5 X80 X90 - viewable from 3 sides
     
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    Glass, tank that size, is quite expensive
    I got a quote on a 2 X 80 X 80, with a sumo, excluding stand for R7000

    Thats why I started thinking about building my own thing
     
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    Whats the steel tubing size for the stand?

    My tank is 12mm glass with a stand made from 75mm steel tubing galvanized and powder coated - set me back 10k in total - oh and a 1.5m sump
     
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    See, 10K is quite a lot, hey
    who made your tank?
    I will probably want to go the same route with the stand as you did
     
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    if you have owned a marine tank 10K isnt that much :D

    One of the local cape town shops made it for me
     
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    Most of the wood-based tanks I've read about are sealed with a pond sealant, therefore safe for fish. Ultimately it's cheaper than building or buying a glass tank, but you should really know what you're doing beforehand to avoid any mistakes.
     
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    there was a guy on MASA that build a talk from wood - the problem is that fact that you need to use marine ply and it bulges from the water presure
     
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    with regards to the pressure, it can all be sorted out with proper bracing all round the tank (take note - ALL AROUND) except for the viewing panel. if you go to monsterfishkeepers.com, a lot of them have built tanks from marine ply and they have said that as long as you account for weight and pressure.
     
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    I tottaly agree, before I discovered this site, I was on MFK for about 4 years:)

    If you go to the start of this thread, you will see on the link I posted that support all round is being used.
     

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