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Im back to building some tanks. Some small novelty glass tanks and a pretty big Acrylic build.

Iv built both glass and acrylic tanks in the past but never an acrylic of this size.

Even if you have never built a tank you can still contribute by telling me the thickness of you tank walls if you own a big Acrylic tank.

This tank will be about 96"L x 36''D x 24"H. Aprox 340 interior gallons.

I will be using several thicknesses of acrylic in this build as the bottom will be thinner than the sides.

Im thinking about making the sides out of 3/4'' material but wanted to know if anyone has had or is having success with 1/2'' front and back panels on tanks of similar size.

The top of the tank will be well braced and it will only be 24" high but Im concerned about bowing in the front and back panel due to its length of 8ft.

I feel that 1/2'' is borderline and 3/4 is more than enough.

Can I get away with 1/2'' or is my thinking correct in that I should just break down and go with 3/4?

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John
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John I believe that there's a website that helps you determine the size/thickness of glass/acrylic you can use, depends on the LXWXH you are making...just google it there's plenty of them out there..
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John I believe that there's a website that helps you determine the size/thickness of glass/acrylic you can use, depends on the LXWXH you are making...just google it there's plenty of them out there..

Thanks for the reply. Because of costs and availability...This tank may change sizes and shapes before its all said and done! So I need to be able to calculate it in many scenarios. Thanks for the idea about the online thickness calculator.

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Thanks for the reply. Because of costs and availability...This tank may change sizes and shapes before its all said and done! So I need to be able to calculate it in many scenarios. Thanks for the idea about the online thickness calculator.

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NP also go on you tube..there's a guy there name JOEY DIY and he pretty much built glass and acrylic tank...just search DIY or how to build glass/acrylic tank...
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There is a spreadsheet at the top of the page you can download which will tell you what you are looking for. I believe you are on the right track with 3/4 inch. Good luck with your build.

http://www.sdplastics.com/aquaria1.html
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My 500 gallon Clarity Plus has 3/4" top and bottom and 1" sides. The tanks dimensions are 8'x3'x3'.
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My 225 gallon acrylic is 1/2 inch all the way around and it measures 72x30x24.
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My 225 gallon acrylic is 1/2 inch all the way around and it measures 72x30x24.
Hey, Maswa Keeper. Im in Richmond VA. Just thought Id let you know.

Also, Do you see an unexceptable amount of bowing? I plan to build some tanks that exact size. Also, Id love to see your Maswas.

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I think 3/4 on the sides is over kill, I am certainly no expert, but I have a 300g 36" tall glass tank and the glass is 3/4 thich, I have seen the website mentioned above, but cant think of the name of it off the top ov my head. with your tank only being 24" tall, I would think that 1/2 or 5/8 would be plenty...you obviously need to cross brace the crap out of it no matter what thickness you go with.
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