Building a 500 Litre Dream Tank.

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  1. Dasher

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    Hello Everyone.
    I'm building my own marine aquarium at the end of april.
    The problem is that i don't know what materials to use
    or how much it is going to cost,i can put about R2000
    into it each month but no more than that.so i would be
    greatfull if someone who has expience building marine
    tanks can help me out here.(it also needs to be able to fit thru a door)
     
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  3. Pete

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    Hi Dasher. I think a good place to start is to look at what space you have available and then do your planning around that. Some of the meterials required would be, Metal for your stand,wood to clad the stand, glass to build the tank oh and nearly forgot the silicone make sure the silicone is Marine silicone and not bath or car. The Bostic silicone is called Marine silicone and Den Braven is called Aqua-Silicone. You will require Tape,paper towels to clean away the exces silicone as you must not be shy with it. Remember to take it slow with the build and do not rush things. Silicone takes 24hours to cure and 21 days for full cure
     
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    Thanks,what do i use epoxy for?
     
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    what epoxy are you talking about, please note that not all glues and so on are reef safe
     
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    i don't know,i just heard that if you are making a plywood tank for example then you need epoxy.
     
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    Welcome. Sounds Good
     
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    welcome

    that epoxy is to seal the plywood, but rather go for glass all around
     
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    thanks,will glass alone be enough to hold back the pressure or will i need some kind of frame?
     
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    Bro I think a good idea is to look a the second hand tanks available on this site.

    Building tanks are not that difficult, however I would rather leave this to someone who does this regularly and knows what they are doing as a cracked tank can be disheartening as well as expensive if you lose live stock and you house gets flooded.

    2K per month in marine tanks is not a bad start. but to give you an idea of expenses a reasonable skimmer will set you back about 2k - very good one anything from 4 to 6k, reasonable return pumps R800 - 2k.

    So at 2k per month I think you need to decide what size tank you want, make a suitable sump and DSB and then slowly start from there.

    If you really want to build the tank yourself then check out lesliehempels thread as he is one of the tank building guru's on this site and I am sure he will also guide you on advise where you need it.

    good luck with the build and I am sure you will enjoy it.
     
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    Oh yes epoxy is not used in the building of the tank itself. What is used is marine silicone and this will hold glass together, but depending on size tank you will need bracing overflow as well as getting glass drilled.
     
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    I'm not really sure about second hand since last time i thought i bought a 300L but later discovered that it was a 100L,i was still a newbie back then.the 2K per month is just to build the tank not the things needed to operate it,after i'm done building it then i can pour some real money into it.
     
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    Sounds good, but there are a lot of reputable people on this site. I am not punting anyone in particular, but I saw leslie had a tank for sale. Check the hardware sales threads. He has a very good rep.
     
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    Rather buy a tank with stand you need to save your 2 grand for two or three months and there you have a decent tank with a stand or cabenit
     
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    look at the following when deciding on a tank:

    Apace available to place it.
    Are you going to be able to handle the bi-monthly/monthly waterchanges for the capacity chosen?

    ultimatley the size of the tank will determine the amount of cash needed for initial items to be bought.

    some tips:

    Put away a nice portion for a good skimmer and research the wattage of things you buy as cheap pumps etc... can result in you paying for them forever through high electricity bills

    agoos glass allround tank will be perfect for a 500lt setup.. i would say plywood would be too much of a mission for the size..
     
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    thanks bro ;)
     
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