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Building a cost effective wooden aquarium

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Jackey Tran17/03/2020 12:29:58
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Hi Everyone!!

I blame hoping to build a large outdoor (but under-the-shade) aquarium/tank with one viewing panel for my bigger fishes. However, I am looking at a cost effective means to do so, especially as a larger (non standard) all-glass tanks could easily go pass $500. The largest standard size is 1.8m, but I'm looking to go bigger.

I have an idea to use wooden sliding doors that people are giving away on Gumtree. I figured, I could use 2 unaltered for the back and base, 1 sliced in half for the sides, and then one with a square cut out in the middle for a single sheet of glass as viewing panel. Maybe add some reinforcement boards on the inside/outside.

Now I know that doors will undoubtedly bow with enough exposure to water and outdoor dew. However, my question is, could I paint/coat the wooden doors with something after I have put the tank together to avoid bowing and eventual bursting? Or what could I do to achieve what I am after?

Thank you in advance

Bob Mueler06/01/2021 15:10:21
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Posted by Jackey Tran on 17/03/2020 12:29:58:

Hi Everyone!!

I blame hoping to build a large outdoor (but under-the-shade) aquarium/tank with one viewing panel for my bigger fishes. However, I am looking at a cost effective means to do so, especially as a larger (non standard) all-glass tanks could easily go pass $500. The largest standard size is 1.8m, but I'm looking to go bigger.

I have an idea to use wooden sliding doors that people are giving away on Gumtree. I figured, I could use 2 unaltered for the back and base, 1 sliced in half for the sides, and then one with a square cut out in the middle for a single sheet of glass as viewing panel. Maybe add some reinforcement boards on the inside/outside.

Now I know that doors will undoubtedly bow with enough exposure to water and outdoor dew. However, my question is, could I paint/coat the woody doors with something after I have put the tank together to avoid bowing and eventual bursting? Or what could I do to achieve what I am after?

Thank you in advance

Hi Jackey!

I remember coming across this post a while back. Although I am not a great woodworker myself, I am simply an enthusiastic novice who loves the craft. I visualized your idea in my mind and found it really interesting. What's the update on it? Did you finish it? I'd be really interested to know as I am considering building something similar myself. Do reach me back!

Much love man!

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