My plywood and acrylic build

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    I thought you guys might enjoy a few pics of my recent build.

    Building fish tanks out of plywood is a big thing in the U.S at the moment and I was a member of an American forum when this build idea was born. I had a space between my two couches in my lounge that would not have looked right with a coffee table standing there and I was also craving a tank again after a few years without any.

    So here it is. It works out to around 450 Litres. The two back panels are made from plywood, the rest of the frame work is just pine and the front panel is a custom bent piece of 8mm acrylic.

    This is the stand

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    Stand nearly done

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    Starting on the tank. I first did a coat of fibre glass.

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    Then I sealed the whole ting with pond paint.

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    Then I got the acrylic panel and stained the outside.

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    Did a test fill at the shop. Had a few leaks and problems before it was finally right but its been running for two years with no leaks.

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    I still haven't taken any decent pics with the canopy on but these give you the idea.

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    My baby

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    Wow. well done. I would be so scared that water would get through the paint or something but it's a very different way of building a tank. The black finish looks awesome.
     
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    The whole inside of the tank was first done with a layer of fibre glass and then I painted over it with three layers of rubber pond paint. Honestly if I did another one, I would not bother with the fibre glass, that rubber paint is incredible and this thing really was over engineered.
     
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    Where did you buy the 90 degree perspex/acrylic ? I like the seamless look.
     
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    Very nice tank! I love your Fire Eel! Just love him. Had one myself.
    Really good build! I like the dark wood surround. Looks very neat and well engineered. Pro job. Well done.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. It turned out being a pretty big project but the end result was worth it.

    I got Maizey plastics to do the bend for me. The biggest problems were from an issue that I totally overlooked during my planning stages, Silicone will NOT stick to acrylic and I only found that out after the first test fill.
     
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    This spoiled bugger lives on a diet of hand fed live earth worms and hand fed prawns. His name is Pyro :cool:
     
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    @L~C~G wow dude, i have to say, this looks pretty awesome!
     
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    So how did you seal the pane on?
     
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    I drilled a hole in the acrylic every 2 cm all round the edges. I then ran a bead of no more nails all the way around and screwed the panel into place with small chip board screws. I then painted a few coats of the pond paint onto the acrylic over the screws to make it all water tight.
     
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    Well crafted, I am inprest, you are a master carpenter with a skilled eye and hand, well done it looks awesome !!
     
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    If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for the Perspex per m2?
     
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    It was R902 for that piece with the bend and the total size of it is 850mm x 850mm x 650mm high. 8mm thick.

    Not sure what they charged for the bend so I dont know what the M2 price would be.

    I love the look it gives but it is a real PITA to clean, you have to be so careful not to scratch it. I wanted to have it made in glass but the only guys I could find to do it wanted to charge me R5000 just for making a form, that was without actually making the panel.
     
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