Acrylic Tank

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  1. Hails

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    A few pics of the current project @Nemos Janitor ;)

    A 600mm x 600mm x 600mm cube

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  3. shan

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    Looking good there
     
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    Just to find out, is acrylic cheaper or more expensive than glass?
     
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    Depends on which glass, not necessarily cheaper, but stronger, lighter and scratches can be buffed out :thumbup:
     
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    See NJ is a project manager. :biggrin:
    Stands one side and watch others do the job.

    And that is not the way to wear a mask.... :blush:

    Anyway, seems you had fun.
     
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    it is for dust when sanding and polishing the arylic :p
     
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    Very cool @Hails, @Nemos Janitor, & @butcherman!!!
    Keith, I see you finally getting around to building that Acrylic tank you've been planning for a LOOONG time.

    You guys are probably the first ones to attempt to build an acrylic tank in south africa of that size... Well done, & will be keeping an eye out for this one!

    Just a question. What did you use to bond the edges?
     
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    Keith in a box....lol
     
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    this is the baby tank.
     
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    @Nemos Janitor will be building a bigger one, this was a practice run :blush:
     
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    oh.

    So comparable to doing the same size glass box. Which one is easier to do?
     
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    The acrylic is way easier, just the tricks need to be learn with applying the glue. lining the panes up correctly, and then sanding and buffing the joints (that is the hardest part or most elbow grease).
     
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    Material cost for a 600 cube will cost about R2600.00 made out of 12mm cast acrylic.

    the 1200 x 1000 x 1000 will cost about R15000.00 made out of 25mm cast acrylic

    Thanks for the kind words bud. We are using Acrifix 2R0190

    Yes we are building two tanks 600 x 600 x 600 out of 12mm Plexiglass and one tank 1200 x 1000 x 1000 out of 25mm Plexiglass. The plexiglass i am using has a 30 year guarantee not to yellow.

    Yes Riaan as Steven says. The trick is to prep the panels properly. Once you have the bonding technique it takes about 45 minutes to bond a tank. Three 15 minutes sessions, front panel--back panel--base. It takes about one hour curing time between sessions.
     
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    A new nickname for David :whistling:
     
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    @keith, did you get the bubbles out with the glue?
     
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    Yes Paul most of them. Just finalising my VAT return then i will get onto the polishing. Will take pics of the finished product.
     
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    cant wait to see
     
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    NJ you trust @butcherman that much to glue the tank? :whistling: Won't it come apart? :tt2:

    Nice going guys hope to see the final product...
     
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    @Nemos Janitor what made you decide to build an acrylic tank? It seems that the additional cost outweighs the slim advantages that acrylic has over glass. Or just for sh*%'s and giggles lol! :)
     
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    Need an update with pics @Hails
     
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