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    jolson10450 - Reefkeeper
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    I am looking to either buy or make my own acrylic frag tank to fit my needs. the optimum size i want is 24" x 12" x 6" but i have a feeling that is a rare size and no one will have it so i was wondering exactly what it takes to make my own. I want to make a small internal filter area for a heater and a pump for flow possibly but it is not necessary.

    what i want to know is:

    What size acrylic should i use for that tank size? could i get away with using 1/4" since it is only 6-8" deep?

    what weld-on do you recommend? i have heard weld-on 4 is the best to use but not sure.

    how do you apply the weld-on? do i just brush it on the edge and clamp them together or something?

    any help is appreciated!!

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    Badfish - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I made my own sump out of acrylic it was really easy to do, I wrote a DIY for it here it is BadFish's DIY Vol.2: Don't Be a Chump, Build Your Own Sump

    Its for a sump but the basic build for a tank should help you out.

    I used Weld-on #16 and it worked great, its a little thicker than #4 so its easier to work with.

    1/4" should be fine, I used .220 thick acrylic from menarda on my sump. But if you want to make sure you can always add a top brace.

    Hope this helps! let me know if you have any questions

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    jolson10450 - Reefkeeper
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    thanks for the advice! but i ended up ordering a 24 x 12 x 7" tank from greatlakes and it was only $33, works for me because i would of spent more than that in acrylic and a frustrating time building it lol

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