Advice Needed: Acrylic Tank

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    Hi, just some info I need to consider if one want to build an acrylic tank:
    1: Cost. Is it expensive? ± cost for a 100l tank?
    2: Where can one buy it?
    3: What glue to use?
    4: Pros and cons?

    Any advice will be appreciated.
     
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    my advice is stay away, they scratch so easily, and with planted tanks you need to scrape regularly so the i wouldnt like an acrylic tank personally..
     
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    1: I will not comment on the price, not sure glass vs acrylic.
    2: Try http://www.maizey.co.za/
    3: I have used PVC weld on smaller projects with success, will have to dig for the link but read a nice nano reef build, where the guy first used thin wire to use as seperators and "tack weld" the pieces together. Not sure but chloroform could also be used
    4: (these are according to MY findings)
    Cons : it scratches easily, its expensive, some practice is required to get a neat bond between pieces without bubbles,.
    Pros: its relatively easier to work with than glass, it can be bent easily if required, no silicon that will fail, to me seams clearer than glass, no shards when it does fail as opposed to glass.

    That is just my input. will wait for the more experienced people to reply.
     
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    they clearer than glass (apparently) which is why marine guys love them. As Raymond said...scratches easy...so marine guys with inserts are fine...as they rarely rescape...
     
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    Thanks everyone, that's all I wanted to know. Will stick to glass tanks built bu Professionals.
     
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    It is the best thing to do. In my experience lately, rather keep to your strong points. I try to drive that home at the office aswell, if there is someone more equip than you to do the work, with more experience, leave it to them. Unless you like to learn a new trade and specialize in that.

    But then again, most of us here like to tinker so it is normal to try and do it, sometimes just to prove you can, but then 100liter of water is big risk, start with something small like a 14liter nano, or smaller even.

    Just remember to keep on enjoying the hobby.
     
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    +1 on what @AndriesJ said...

    Think a better option if you want to go for a clearer look...either get yourself a starfire tank or ADA tank. Speaking under correction...but liter for liter...I reckon an ADA tank (60P, 120P, etc) is cheaper than the same tank volume in acrylic.
     
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    @AndriesJ

    I have built a 18l as well as a 72l split it 6, if you look at my RC stuff you will also see I love to build stuff myself. But I got a quote from Gapedi and it was the same as only the glass cost at PG Glass without glue and labour.
     
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    @Wagenmeister that is true in most cases. The specialists also know all the tricks of the trade to get something done RIGHT. They have contacts at mass retailers, so get supplies at costs you will never be able to. Trust me, in my hobbies and work I have noticed this.

    That is why I added the line to my response, to do it if you want to prove to yourself that you can do it. Do not do it because you think you will save a lot of money or make money (in the case of breeding fish). Most of the times, when you start adding up the time and the fixes you had to apply to get it just barely good enough it turns out to be bloody expensive, haha.

    BUT that being said, I have some glass at home that might have to be re purposed into a smaller tank or two. haha
     
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