DIY Acrylic Tank Help

DFason

New member
Well I built my last one with no problem. I am planning an upgrade here and want to make a 40x30x15( tall ).

Could I still use 3/8's acrylic with a euro-brace? I think it should be fine with the brace and it being shallow.

Let me know what you think!

-Dave
 

troylee

In Memoriam
I would perfer 1/2" min. That's still a big tank 80gal...there is a lot of factors besides heigth....3/8th will work but most likely bow....go for the 1/2"...;)
 

troylee

In Memoriam
1/2" walls and a 3/8th top and bottom are ok but the euro brace is gonna take the biggest hit....being that its already a small surface area and now your cutting the thickness down....its for sure gonna hold water with out a doubt...but bowing or deflection comes into play....I would use 1/2" all the way around.....but that's me.....with 1/2" material you have a lot of benefits
#1 your new to acrylic!!!! So this gives you more surface area for gluing/welding which =stronger joints...
#2 its not gonna bow down the road or cause problems for ya....
#3 looks...its gonna look a lot nicer in the fashion of not bowing.....and thick acrylic looks cool....:)
 

Acrylics

Active member
If you are "sandwiching" the sides between the top and bottom, the gluing surface area won't change at all, it will be the same as if you used 1/2" or even 2" for the top and bottom, still 1/2" material being glued down.

I do agree though, using thicker material helps me sleep better at night :)

Personally, I'd use all 1/2" and a 3" eurobrace all around, yielding one top opening measuring 34 x 24".

HTH,
James
 
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