There is a huge rise in popularity of custom aquariums in the market, not just because of the versatility in terms of size and shape, but also due to the fact that they can be built for a cost that’s lower than the store-bought models. Moreover, it isn’t just small ones, but large aquariums can also be constructed generally at a rate that’s substantially cheaper as compared to the one that’s offered in stores. However, careful planning is required by people before they undertake the task of building their own aquariums. This is primarily because severe damage can be inflicted on property and people if the tanks are poorly-built or if they break or leak.
When people decide to build their custom aquariums, they can follow the below mentioned steps for making the task simpler and easier for them:
- The first step for individuals is to select the dimensions they will use for making their aquarium because this will aid in determining the number of support braces that will be required and also the thickness of the glass that will be used. One central support and standard 6mm aquarium glass is more than enough for an aquarium that’s 24 inches tall and less than 4 feet in length. However, if the aquarium is going to be larger than this one, then glass between 10mm to 12mm will have to be used and support braces will also be used after every 3 feet or else the glass will bow.
- People can choose the cut the glass on their own or go to a home improvement store to get professionals to do it. Cut accurately and keep the measurements in mind because the integrity of the tank can be weakened drastically by a small error.
- Use a flat and large surface for arranging the pieces for assembling them. The side panels can be oriented around the floor panel and the tank can be completed by standing them upright.
- Take a bead of aquarium silicone and run it around the cut edges of the short end panels and the bottom panel. It has to be around the complete bottom panel, but in the case of short end panels, it only has to be placed on the sides and not the top or bottom.
- The side panels should be made to stand quickly and a bubble free union can be ensured by pressing the sides beaded with silicone together. This can be very simple if you have a partner to help you, especially when large tanks are being built. Instead of the top of the bottom panel’s face, the four sides should be attached to the edges of the panel. One can ensure that the cut edges aren’t exposed by keeping the short side panels between the ones in the front and back.
- Now all the sides can be duck taped and the support braces can be attached. The tank can be tested for leaks by pouring water in it.
The custom aquariums will be ready with these simple steps.