Why Build Your Tank?
- DIY tanks: Do they pay off?
by ptimlin-at-lynx.dac.neu.edu (patrick timlin) (2 Nov 1996)
by ptimlin-at-lynx.dac.neu.edu (patrick timlin)
Date: 2 Nov 1996
Christopher Tippie (tippie-at-onramp.net) wrote:
: Does making your own tank really pay off? I expect that it prolly doesn't
: with small tanks, but how about the big ones (i.e. 75 gal. +)? How hard is
: it? Do they leak? Is there a cost savings?
In nearly all cases (regardless of size) it is far cheaper to just
purchase a tank than try and build one.
The reasons you would resort to building your own instead of just buying
1) Because you just want to! :) Even if it costs the more, many people
just enjoy the "do-it-yourself" way.
2) You have an odd size you want or a location where a normal tank will
not go such as in a corner, or around a pillar or whatever. Sometimes
people want to do something creative you can not do with a normal tank.
Maybe a 10 foot tank against the way but you don't want it to intrude
into the room very much either so you only make it 8 inches from front to
back. You get the idea.
So if you are considering the cost advantage to building your own, forget
it. Only do it if you HAVE to or because you WANT to.
Patrick Timlin ptimlin-at-lynx.dac.neu.edu ptimlin-at-adex.com