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Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

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Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by Soulchief on Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:59 pm

Got a free 55 gallon aquarium, but the frame (both top and bottom) is cracked in multiple places, don't think I can trust it to hold up. Is there anywhere in Canada that sells new plastic frames? Or am I going to have to go DIY and build one out of wood?

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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by GaryE on Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:26 pm

I have never seen frames for sale. A few friends who build tanks scavenge old ones, but have learned that each manufacturer has slightly different shapes.
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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by Biulu on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:21 pm

In Mexico they often build frames from metal. If you buy the right profile, it is very easy to do and it will look a lot better than wood. I think it is also more durable.
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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by GaryE on Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:20 am

It is hard to find craftspeople here, for projects like that. At one point, I saved some plastic frames from defunct aquariums, but they did not fit on the products of other companies.
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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by l_l_l on Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:04 pm

Maybe you can ask Joey Mullen aka the king of DIY, aka uarujoey.
He's very knowledgeable and he probably already did a video about this.

In any case, maybe ask in the facebook group: DIY fish keepers
A bunch of people would be glad to help you on there.

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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by charlie1 on Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:40 pm

I know our local Big Al`s can order the Perfecto tank frames.
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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by Fores41 on Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:46 am

If I was to DIY a frame I would use sheet metal as that way you can do it relatively quick and have the strength you want. I would go with about 24 gauge steel or 28 as this will be relatively easy to bend and cut with Tin snips to size and shape you need.
A metal roofer may have what you want and already painted steel. Just cut, bend and Sauder the frame to the size you want. ( Ok maybe repaint the saudered part and cut edges)
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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by Biulu on Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:04 am

@Fores41 wrote:If I was to DIY a frame I would use sheet  metal as that way you can do it relatively quick and have the strength you want. I would go with about 24 gauge steel or 28 as this will be relatively easy to bend and cut with Tin snips to size and shape you need.
A metal roofer may have what you want and already painted steel. Just cut, bend and Sauder the frame to the size you want. ( Ok maybe repaint the saudered part and cut edges)  

That is exactly what I meant when talking about a metal frame!
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Re: Anywhere that sells aquarium frames in Canada?

Post by Fores41 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:02 am

glad to read we had the same idea on that one Biulu.
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