How To Build Fish Tanks
Learning how to build fish tanks is easy with the right information. The main decision to be dealt with will be whether to use glass or acrylic for construction of the tanks. Acrylic is safe for children to tap on, but it is glass, however, that is actually the better material to use. It scratches less and has a longer use life than acrylic.
- Pre-cut Glass
- Top frame
- Lid (optional)
- Lighting (optional)
- Gravel, plants (optional)
- Air filtration system (optional)
- Work area
- Duct tape
- Set down on paper exactly what the project should look like when it is finished, and the type of fish that will be placed in the tanks. Larger fish will naturally require larger fish tanks. Be specific. The glass will need to be pre-cut, so correct dimensions are crucial to the finished product.
- Before starting on the construction of the glass tank, put the top frame together to ensure that everything will fit before it is glued and difficult to correct.
- Now that everything has been checked for fit, assemble the fish tank. All of the pieces can be held in place with duct tape while the silicone is applied to all interior corners. The best fit will be achieved by laying down a bead of silicone and then using a fingertip to create a broad, curved seal that will be very strong. Repeat for other fish tanks
- Place top frames in place without removing the tape. Allow the fish tank to cure per manufacturer specifications.
- Once the fish tanks are dry, wash out to remove any harmful debris that might harm the fish. For a decorative look add colored aquarium rock (rinsed), plants the fish can hide in, and the correct air filtration system for the type of fish chosen. Add a lid with a light to the fish tank and enjoy the new additions to your home even in the dark.