Taking on the challenge of constructing your own acrylic aquarium can be a gratifying, cost-effective, and fun venture. It allows you the ability to create something unique and special for you and your fish pals. We have taken the time to research the steps it takes in accomplishing such a task. Below is a general guide to help you with your next DIY project of building your own fish aquarium tank.
What Material Should I Use?
Most fish aquariums can be made out of one of two things, glass, and high-strength acrylic. Glass has many valuable qualities but cast acrylic may be the better material when DIY-ing your own custom fish tank. Acrylic (or plexiglass as it is commonly known) has great optical clarity, is super durable, and is lighter in weight making it the better home for your beloved fish pals. Cast acrylic has 17 times the impact resistance of glass and also has better insulating properties. Fish aquariums made out of acrylic can be 4 times lighter than those made up of glass making it easier to transport your tank around your home. Acrylic is also easier to shape and mold giving you the opportunity to design a more unique looking aquarium so you are not resigned to just a square or rectangle shape. Here is everything you need to know about acrylic.
What do I Need and How Much Will This Cost me?
- Acrylic sheets
- Solvent Cement
- Aquarium safe silicone
- Duct tape
If you DIY your own, standard rectangle/square acrylic aquarium you will need a total of 5 sheets of acrylic (6 if you want a lid). It is recommended and common among custom tank