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 Post subject: Acrylic tanks
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In the near future I'm looking to add another tank. I'm looking 300 gal or larger. I want to do acrylic esp for the weight difference from glass. My 125 kills me when I have to move it. My question is how much money would I save if I built it myself? Also what kinda price would I be looking at ball park?

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 Post subject: Re: Acrylic tanks
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i have seen used 200 and 240 plexi tanks for anywhere from $150 to $500.
300g is not a whole lot bigger to the eye, and not as common a size.

you would need two sheets of 4 x 8 plexiglass at least half inch.
that will run you about $350 to $450 each.

its easy to screw up.
id not do it since there are plenty of tanks in my area.
i have built 20-30 gallons, simply because i had the acrylic, but id not deal with the cost and water pressure of a huge tank myself.

if i was to do a big build, id do wood with a glass or plexiglass front.

i have seen 1000 gallons used for about $2500.
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All the acrylic tanks I've seen for sale around me are used and selling for the same price as a new one. Thank you for the reply. I'll have to keep my eyes open. The 240s I've seen for sale have been around 1k.

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http://cleveland.craigslist.org/for/3506182235.html

$700 obo 300gallon cleveland

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I tried contacting him haven't heard anything yet

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When it comes to scoring a big acrylic, patience is a virtue. 55's are usually had every other day, 100 or bigger every week, 200 or bigger ... patience precious. Sometimes Every 2 weeks, sometimes every 2 months. I have passed on 300 gallon tanks for $300 simply because I didn't have the space or man power to move it. Know a 300 gallon acrylic is still a 4 man job, and even then have fun ! I can move a 125 alone just barely, but a 150 needs two people.. 300 gallon tanks have much thicker Acrylic and much more of it. It's always best to have too much man power rather than not enough when moving big heavy ********.


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But even then a glass tank that size will take a crane to move!!!! :lol:


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I found a 220 with stand and canopy for sale for 300 or best offer but it needs to be resealed. I have no experience with doing that would that be a hard job and does that sound like a good deal with the work it would take to do?

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