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    Acrylic ATO container

    So I have in the past used a garbage can to hold water for my ATO, that will not work for my new setup. Has anyone here built their own acrylic container or tank, I'm willing to learn, I just need some resources. Thanks Jim

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    Acrylic can be tuff to cut straight enough for it to be strong. the tool and materials to do just one acrylic project is cost prohibitive. I prefer plabcti 55 GAL barrels. brute trash cans are also very universal and are functional for other things well. Always go as big as you can.
    Four individual systems Right now.
    Modified Red sea 250 with attached 20 gal frag system XR15 pro light on FRAG tank, combo t5 reef bright led on main tank, now @100 gal total mostly sps tank, auto WC, Custom life reef filtration system Fuge and skimmer. KALK ATO chiller mp10's.
    30gal red sea 130d lps/softies/anemone tank, kalk ato, reef bright led strip.
    40 quarantine set up.
    500 total gallon marineland 300 DD main system 18 months old now and stabilized. T5 VHO lights/ BLUE led strip, Fully custom built LIFE REEF sump and FUGE, AWESOME 60" tall skimmer, and 1000+ gallon rated custom Ca reactor, attached SPS frag system and LPS frag system.
    I am expanding into this one ATM bit by bit,

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    I have made such a container for my ATO due to size constraints. Best is if you have a router table that can get real straight nicely finished edges. I used a nice table saw that gave straight edges. As jim said the acrylic is expensive unless you have hook up with volume. I got mine at skycraft which is a surplus supply place. Not the easiest of process weldon makes a series of acrylic bonding (supplies) as I was not worried about looks rather sealing I used a goopier version which leaved more residue but I had success in making.
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    I keep water, last checked about 600 gallons worth.
    Problem is animals keep using it as there water closet.
    Worst of all the littlest ones keep using up all the supplies.

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    ended up adding a brace to the top to reduce the bow. been running for 5-6 yrs. nock on wood
    ><((>`..`.><((>.`.. ><((((> ><(((((>
    I keep water, last checked about 600 gallons worth.
    Problem is animals keep using it as there water closet.
    Worst of all the littlest ones keep using up all the supplies.

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