Sometimes it is easiest to build an aquarium for an aquaponics system, rather than to purchase one. Depending on your actual needs and the materials you have at hand, a DIY fish tank may be a valid option over a store bought aquarium. That is especially true if the space where you want to raise the fish is of an odd dimension where no standard aquariums will fit. You may have a grow bed with stand that requires you to build an aquarium to a specific set of dimensions so the space below it is used economically. In general it is cheaper to purchase a smaller tank – even used – than to try to build one yourself. However if the dimensions are somewhat larger and you have access to good quality glass, you may be tempted to build an aquarium yourself.
Always remember that the glass you use must be thick enough to withstand the weight of the water the final glass box is designed to hold. The larger the capacity. the thicker the glass must be to safely contain the water. This can become a problem when using recycled glass, depending on its age. Glass is a liquid, although it seems to be a solid. As such, gravity can cause a piece of glass to become thicker at the bottom and thinner at the top if it has been in position for a long period of time. Be sure the glass is thick enough to hold the water and not so old as to become brittle and unable to withstand the pressure.
Build an Aquarium Cheaply
Uarujoey has an extensive list of DIY aquarium videos, and he is very careful to outline the costs of each project, as well as the materials required. You may not be able to duplicate these material costs, but they do provide a good guideline . The aquarium is much cheaper to build than to purchase new, as long as you are willing to put in the time and the effort required to assemble it. There will be cases where this guide will be invaluable. As long as you know that the glass is strong enough to hold the capacity of water, this is an excellent video to use as guide to build an aquarium on your own.