which is more cost effective

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    Travis1 (wilsontravy)

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    hi guys, so i have been out for awhile now, but want to slowly get back into the game, this is the question i have, what is more cost effective regarding building a tank, basically to build a tank ur self, or to buy a tank thats already built? i would actually like to experience the tank building side, seems like more fun.:yeahdude:
     
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    Normally the tank builders can source glass cheaper than we normal oaks but then they add there share, if you can get glass for fair price building it yourself will be cheaper, but if you buy 2nd hand then the finished tank will be cheaper.
    What i did was have the main display build by someone and I did the sump myself, not an issue if the silicone on the sump looks grap so diy the sump and it is good project, make you appriciate the good tank builders.
     
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    Most cost effective is buying a complete tank second hand. there are many people going out of the hobby and sell complete setups at next to nothing prices. Sure it may seem excessive spending 10,15,20k at once but to setup and buy all the equipment costs double if not triple that.
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    yeah. was thinking bout that hey. mite be the better option here.
     
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    esp if you dont have to get a custom built size, there is no cheaper option.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it depends do you want something specific in terms of tank design, if so custom is the way to go.. you also get fresh ideas from somone who is activley building tanks all the time..

    that being said there are alot of good tanks on the second hand market atm that could easily be modified to suit your needs should you want to tweak it a little..

    the tank itself is not a difficult thing to build but neatness is something that takes time to master..
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    im looking at a cube for now, decent cube though. prefer the looks of a cube tank. but still waying up my options here.
     
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    If u want a cube then get it custom built, 120*120*55:thumbup:
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    how many litres would that be? was looking at 1m by 1m cube with centre overe flow
     
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    if your water level is at 50 it would be 720L
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    a 1m x 1m x .600 cube works out to 600lt.
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    thats what im looking for.
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    what mill glass would you need for a 1m by 1m by 600 high tank? rimless?
     
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    If you want to see a perfect example of neatness check out some of Leslies builds... Super Neat! :thumbup:
     
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    well I found it to be 100% cheaper to build own tank, until I cut my finger and had to go for 2 eye ops bacause of the tank, so depends if you planing to injure yourself or not...
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    2 ops from what?
     
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    ok this is the story...lol... i build my tank, the last pice of glass cut my thumb, next day got stiches, and got booked off, so the booked off day I welded my frame for the tank, flux came into my cornia, 2 days later Im booked for emergency eye op 9pm on a saturday, 3 days later still stuff in my eye, again emergency eye op...lol... 2 weeks after stitches my finger was not healing, had infection, lol...so it was a costly experience...lol... But it was fun, now I have a scar on my tumb, and a white dot in my cornia... i hear girls like scars...lol...
     
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    wat ever does not kill you only makes u stronger!
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    Too true hey
     
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    even a heart attack?:razz:
     
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