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DIY (Do It Yourself) Aquarium/Tank Plans

Build your own aquarium or refugium with these plans and instructions. Here are resources to all kinds of DIY (Do It Yourself) plans for building aquariums and refugiums from glass, acrylic, plywood and/or other material combinations, as well as how to repair small leaks or fix other major tank damage. It's easy to learn how to build your own aquarium.
  1. DIY Refugium Plans & Setups (11)

Designing a Glass Aquarium
There are a few things that must be taken into consideration when designing a glass aquarium. How to select the right glass thickness is a primary concern. Here is a step-by-step procedure for selecting the right glass thickness and save some money at the same time.

DIY Do It Yourself Seahorse Tank
Stan's little DIY 12 gallon tall aquarium was originally inspired as a special design for housing seahorses, but it makes a nice small community fish or nano reef tank as well. Follow these easy step-by-step preparation and tank assembly instructions to build one just like it in no time at all.

FAQ - Can I Build my Own Aquarium?
FAQ - Can I Build my Own Aquarium? Yes you can. Here is where to go for information, plans and Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions. FAQ - Can I Build my Own Aquarium? Yes you can. Here is where to go for information, plans and Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions.

DIY Glass Aquarium Plans
Starting with an introduction to building your own tank with tips on working with glass and a materials list, to pre-assembly instructions followed by complete step-by-step directions on how to construct a glass aquarium up to 55 gallons in size with 1/4 inch glass, here is everything you need to know about building your own saltwater aquarium.

DIY Custom Glass Aquarium Building Tips
An Introduction from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on how to calculate the correct thickness of glass to use when building your own DIY glass aquarium, which includes considerations on the quality and characteristics of the choice of material as well.

DIY Hang In/On Tank Acrylic Refugium
If you have been thinking about building an acrylic aquarium, but thought that acrylics were to hard to work with, here is the perfect project for you. Building this Hang In/On Tank Refugium (use for Mangroves, Algae, or a 'Pod Farm) will give you the experience and confidence you will need to build that acrylic tank you have always wanted. Complete with parts list, instructions and photos.

DIY 7g "Nemo Cube" Tank
Looking for a great little tank for a single Percula Clownfish (Nemo), some invertebrates or a collection of corals? This could be the ticket for you. Parts list and Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions for building a 7g Nemo Cube or Mini Reef Tank.

Aquarium Glass Thickness Calculator
Once you have decided to take the leap and build your own custom tank, you will need to determine what glass thickness to use. Too thin is a road to potential disaster, too thick is the road to spending more money than you have to. On page 2, you will find here are steps you can take to economize construction without reducing tank strength or safety. It's all in the planning.

Solving Leaky Glass Aquarium Problems
Here are tips from your Guides on why leaks occur, and a list of common mistakes to avoid when making repairs on minor or major leaks in glass aquariums.

How To Repair Small Leaks
Instructions from your Guides on how to repair small leaks in an glass aquariums in 9 easy steps.

How To Repair Major Leaks or Replace a Broken Pane of Glass
Step-by-step instructions from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on how to repair major leaks, or replace a broken pane of aquarium glass altogether.

FAQs About DIY Tanks
From WetWebMedia, here are email formatted discussions with aquarists asking Robert Fenner about building aquariums, making modifications, and other DIY tank related questions he gives his replies to.

FAQs on Aquarium Repair
From WetWebMedia, this FAQs page is composed of email formatted discussions from aquarists asking Robert Fenner how to make various types of aquarium repairs that he gives his replies to.

Fixing A Small Aquarium Leak
From the Aquatics Unlimited Tip of the Week Archive, a nice brief outline on how to go about fixing a small leak in an aquarium.

Working With Acrylic
From the FINS DIY page, if you are planning to make your own aquarium with acrylic, read this article by Ken Weiss.

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