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DIY plywood aquarium

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DIY plywood aquarium

Hey gents and ladies. I currently have a few glass fish tanks and am thinking of making plywood aquariums to suit my house as its an old Queenslander and was wondering what waterproofing agents you would all use as well as plywood timbers. 


Thanks in advance!


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Re: DIY plywood aquarium

Hi @jsmit598,


Sounds like a wonderful project. We are looking forward to seeing it come together. Let me tag wonderful members @Brad@gippslandhome@Dale@ProjectPete and @TheSaltyreefer who might like to share their experiences with you.


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Re: DIY plywood aquarium

Hi Mate
Firstly what size aquarium are you looking at and salt or fresh?, we were going to build our 12x4x2 Stingray tank out of ply or part there of, but was cheaper to build it out of glass.
I have had a few friends build them, some have used fiberglass, I have seen Epoxy, and I have seen various types of water proofing agents used.

Structural ply is ok for the build as long as the waterproofing agents can saturate into them deep enough, Marine ply if you want to go full on. For me if I was going to do it, I would F glass it.
I will get alittle more information for you after you let us know size etc :smile: Only other thing to look at also, if it is going to be a large tank make sure you look at where you are placing it, I have seen some large tanks come through floors etc, not placed on weight bearers

Re: DIY plywood aquarium

I'm thinking of making them around 4-5 foot with glass viewing panels on the front as I'll break down and recycle my old tanks putting them into the plywood tank. I have watched a few videos on how they make them but they never really go in depth about the build or what materials they use.



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