Aquarium Acrylic Sheet

Aquarium Acrylic Sheet

For bigger aquariums, acrylic is a strong, lightweight plastic that works well. Because they are so light, they are simpler to transport, but acrylic is very readily damaged and is therefore quite difficult to clean. Fortunately, with some careful planning and rubbing, you can remove the scratches. A bonding procedure that holds the edges together makes the seams more durable than those in glass tanks. If you want something a little less square, acrylic is simpler to form into non-conventional shapes. Furthermore, acrylic receives merits for being simpler to drill for bulkhead fittings.

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Acrylic is a durable, lightweight plastic ideal for larger aquariums. They are easier to move because they are so lightweight, but acrylic is very easily scratched making it very difficult to clean. Fortunately, you can buff out the scratches with some careful planning and buffing. Edges are held together by a bonding process that makes the seams stronger than seams in glass aquariums. It's easier to mold acrylic into nontraditional shapes if you're looking for something a little less square. Acrylic also gets some brownie points for being easier to drill for bulkhead fittings. 

How to make your DIY aquarium?

Step 1: Decide on the size of your aquarium

Before you begin constructing your aquarium, think about its volume and measurements. As a general rule, the larger the tank, the thicker the acrylic. Always use moulded acrylic for an aquarium rather than the cheaper extruded acrylic sheet.

Step 2: Order the acrylic sheet for your DIY aquarium

After you've decided on the measurements of your acrylic aquarium, order the acrylic sheets. We cut the sheets to the exact size you require for free, using special cutting machines that ensure nice clean edges. These are ideal for glueing with Acrifix acrylic adhesive.

Step 3: Preventing marks on your aquarium acrylic

Place all the sheets on a flat surface, completely free of grease. It's a good idea to place them on a soft, thin cloth to prevent scratches on the acrylic and to protect the table/workbench from any spilt glue. Remove the protective foil from one side of the base sheet and form the inside of one of the sides. Stick masking tape 8mm away from the edges that will be glued. Repeat this on all the sheets to stop the acrylic from getting marked with excess glue.

Step 4: Assembling your aquarium

Assemble your aquarium on a solid, flat surface. Use spirit level and right-angle support blocks. We also recommend placing a thin, soft cloth on the surface so as not to scratch the acrylic and to prevent your workbench or table from any spilt glue. Place a support block on the bottom sheet and put it on your vinyl gloves.

Step 5: Finishing the aquarium

Leave your aquarium to dry for about 6 hours. Seal the inside of the tank with a transparent sealant suitable for acrylic. After a further 24 hours, your new aquarium is finally ready to use.

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