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  • 00:03
    One of the satisfying activity you do in aquarium and fish keeping hobby is building an aquarium of your own.
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    At first this seems like very tedious work to many but I am saying from my experience it is truly easy and creative do it yourself task.
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    Also you can earn money selling build acrylic aquariums because they are in good demand in the market.
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    Now I have already told about making aquarium using glasses you can check them in cards if you want to.
  • 00:32
    In this video I will walk you through making an acrylic aquarium, I got small acrylic sheets with low thickness so I am making small acrylic aquarium and use it as a quarantine tank but the same methods apply to build larger acrylic aquarium as well.
  • 00:49
    So follow along this video and you may find something new.
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    To be clear building acrylic aquarium is bit costlier than making glass aquarium but you can make many acrylic aquariums once you have the desired materials with you.
  • 01:06
    Also if you make aquarium in more spacious place like the workshop or garage then it will help you make it much faster.
  • 01:15
    All required tools and materials are provided in the video description for you to purchase if you don't have with you.
  • 01:23
    Buying from the link could favor me as well so get it at cheap price from there.
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    Check the link in video description to find it.
  • 01:32
    Now without further due let's get started.
  • 01:36
    For making an acrylic aquarium you will need an Acrylic Sheets of thickness 10mm and more is usually recommend if you are making aquarium of 70 gallon or more always remember 15 mm or more thicker acrylic sheet is required Then you need Acrylic glue like Weld on-4 or Weld on-3 now glue are costly but it can be used for making plenty of Acrylic aquariums once you purchase a bottle.
  • 02:04
    You can also buy Weld on- 16 which can come in handy if your aquarium gets leak after build Next you may want the clamp to hold the edges together about 4 to 5 of them is good A Map gas torch for flame polishing If you are cutting the acrylic sheet yourself but not purchasing custom cut sheet from the shop then you may need following tools too An Acrylic cutting saw tooth with more sharp teeth or Jigsaw or the Circular saw Acrylic edge scrapper Sanding Paper 30 grit, 60 grit and 120 grit Once you have all the required material, making the acrylic aquarium is very easy.
  • 02:53
    Now first I will cover custom cutting acrylic and also preparing its edges for gluing.
  • 02:59
    Secondly I will show how to glue the edges together to finish building the acrylic aquarium.
  • 03:06
    So based on your requirement you can click the timestamp in the video description to watch the desired segment.
  • 03:13
    Custom Cutting Acrylic
  • 03:14
    Now custom cutting the acrylic sheet yourself is very difficult it is always recommended to cut the acrylic sheet from the shop and they are of good quality finish.
  • 03:24
    I had very tough time cutting them so I recommend cutting them from shop if you don't have right tools to cut them.
  • 03:32
    You can use the cutting saw or jig saw or circular saw to cut the acrylic sheet to desired dimensions You must be careful about the side acrylic sheets for the aquarium and remember the formula I told in the video of making the glass aquarium.
  • 03:49
    Preparing the Edges
  • 03:50
    The edges of cut out acrylic sheet then need to be polished using router or buffing wheel which most of us don't have But you can use the acrylic scrapper to level the edges and make it smoother and devoid of saw marks or you can use sanding paper to sand them down starting from lower grit to higher grit that is 30 grit to 120 grit For this you can also use palm sander or manually do the sanding Once you notice that edges to be glued are flat leveled and devoid of saw marks you can start with the gluing the acrylic sheets together So preparing the edges is the crucial part in making acrylic aquarium now gluing the sheets is much simpler The Glue used that is Weldon -4 or 3 is liquid and watery and is fast setting glue which sets and glues in 1 minute there is a table on the glue which states that.
  • 04:27
    Gluing Acrylic Sheets
  • 04:47
    Now as compared to it weld on 16 allows you to readjust the sheets like in case of a silicone gluing.
  • 04:55
    Now if you are using Weldon -4 or Weldon -3 I will tell how to take the glue and pour in the hypo applicator First open the top lid using some tool like cutting plier arms to open it with ease Then open the closed tight lid inside by piercing the sharp screw driver or similar stuff and popping it out.
  • 05:21
    Now pour the liquid water glue into the hypo applicator using a small narrow funnel and fill up to less than one half of the hypo applicator Don't pour extra liquid as you may find difficulty when more liquid comes out of hypo applicator which can also spill on the acrylic sheet and leave white patches, making it to look dirty.
  • 05:47
    You can clean them as well using plastic cleaning and polishing solution like Novus 1,2 and 3 which I will also discuss in detail in later part of this video Now coming back to work area scene once you pour the recommended amount close the lid of the glue tightly and store in some cool place for further use later.
  • 06:10
    To start gluing the surfaces first take the bottom sheet and lay it flat on the table or surface you are working on.
  • 06:20
    Then take the side sheet and put its edges on the edge surface of bottom sheet like this.
  • 06:26
    You can use clamp to hold the arrangement in place.
  • 06:29
    Now take the hypo applicator and squeeze some air out of it and invert the applicator so that air can enter through the glue inside With the invert hypo applicator place the needle close to the contacting edges of the sheets which is to be glued and gently press the applicator to release the liquid glue between the contacting surfaces When you see a uniform wetting through the acrylic sheet edges you can proceed and run along the edge squeezing the liquid glue.
  • 07:01
    Now after 1 to 3 minute the edges are glued so before that you can arrange the edge and sheet if they are not aligned properly after 2 minute the surface are glued, however maximum strength is not reached after 24 to 48 hours.
  • 07:19
    Now similarly you can glue the other sides one by one like this...
  • 07:24
    After gluing all the sides you can leave your acrylic aquarium for 24 hours without disturbing it After 24 to 48 hours you can do the leak test by filling water into it.
  • 07:37
    Most probably it will not leak if the edges are prepared and polished well.
  • 07:40
    Repairing Acrylic Aquarium Leaks
  • 07:42
    If it does then you can use weld on 16 and apply it on the leaking pore you notice.
  • 07:49
    Make sure to clean the acrylic aquarium well and dry it also before applying weld on 16 and be careful with weld on 16 because unlike weld on 3 or 4 it leave hard shapes on the acrylic aquarium and you cannot remove them easily.
  • 08:06
    Now again do the water leak test after 24 hours and if your acrylic aquarium is not leaking then it is ready to be used.
  • 08:13
    Polishing Acrylic Sheets
  • 08:15
    You can also polish your acrylic aquarium with Novus solution and remove scratches too to give it a professional finish Novus comes in Novus 1, 2 and 3.
  • 08:26
    Novus 1 for plastic clean and shine Novus 2 for fine scratches And Novus 3 for Heavy scratches Apply the required solution on the white patches or scratches and add more detail and professional finish.
  • 08:45
    You can also flame polish the edges using map gas torch, propane gas is not generally recommended as it has low heating ability.
  • 08:55
    The quality of the acrylic aquarium depends on the edges prepared and glued and transparency of the acrylic sheet itself so make sure to give extra stress on these aspects while making the acrylic aquarium.
  • 09:10
    Acrylic sheet has unique property of molding or bending when it is uniformly heated.
  • 09:15
    If you heat acrylic with direct fire it will catch fire and also gluing flame polished edges will produce cracks in the surface so be cautious and never do these mistakes.
  • 09:29
    Now that's it Acrylic aquarium is finished now you can also build bigger acrylic aquarium using this method and also acrylic is very good for making pool or pond sides as well.
  • 09:40
    Now Acrylic aquarium is better than glass aquarium in some key features like it is less fragile than glass and also easily repaired if scratches fall on it.
  • 09:40
    Acrylic and Glass Aquarium Difference
  • 09:52
    Also acrylic sheet bonding is at molecular level while when glasses are glued using silicone they are just surficial level.
  • 10:01
    So acrylic aquariums gives neat and detail finish without showing any glue marks in the aquarium when it's completely build.
  • 10:09
    But needless to say both acrylic and glass aquarium has its own pros and con.
  • 10:15
    Tell me which is your preferred aquarium is it glass or acrylic leave your comments or suggestion in the comment section below.
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Making an Acrylic Aquarium Complete Guide - DIY

An acrylic aquarium is symbol of beauty inside the home or leisure area. Now most of the modern aquarium are made of high quality acrylics and they are indeed stunning to watch. Making such acrylic aquarium is bit tricky but a enjoyable DIY (do it yourself) task. In this video I will cover all basic and essential requirements for building acrylic aquariums and complete it with a professional look & finish. So building an acrylic aquarium is now much easier and you can fulfil your dream to have a neat planted, reef or freshwater aquarium that last for very long time. Also make money selling professional finished acrylic aquariums. Learn how to make one in this video and get started with your favourite hobby. Video Segment Timestamps. Click the timing to watch the desired segment. Custom Cutting Acrylic 3:13 Preparing the Edges 3:49 Gluing Acrylic Sheets 4:27 Repai

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