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    Need A Large Tray-Planter

    I have been looking for a tray of some kind with dimensions ~48x18x6 inches. Does such a thing exist? I would think it should, considering how many people have greenhouses around the world. I am open to plastic trays of any kind that would be around that size, but I have not found any. Usually when you get that length or width, it is accompanied by too much height. I suppose I could cut something down to size... but I would prefer an alternative.

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    Where? I have no idea.
    But, if you're a DIY'er then you could build a simple custom plywood tray & then line it with garage floor epoxy. I've done a couple waterproof plywood tanks this way. You just need to be able to make it fairly sturdy with tight seems which will be very simple since it won't be holding much water pressure. EZPZ

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    Thanks for the input, Knuckles! That is actually a really good idea, do you recall how much yours cost to build?

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    I would suggest a perusal of the tank building articles on www.garf.org before you start building. It will give you the basics of constructing such a thing, although your tray will be under considerably less pressure than a typical tank due to its shallowness.
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    I am also interested in doing this. Is there an epoxy or sealant that would be non-toxic for plants that any of you have used? The DIY is a good idea for a project like this.

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    My projects were expensive b/c I bought in bulk & they required waaay more supplies to be used as aquariums. For a water holding plant tray, it shouldn't cost much & the epoxy will be the most expensive part assuming you have a drill. Figure your plan & you can have home depot/lowes cut the wood for you for free or cents per cut. Double check the measurements b/c sometimes their cuts can be off if done in a hurry. There will be plenty of epoxy & screws left for future projects.

    3/8"-1/2" sheet of plywood 4'X8' = 20-30 bucks. Around the $30 end for pressure treated but not necessary for this tray.
    1.5-2" deck screws = $10
    epoxy= 20-30 bucks for black or gray garage floor epoxy. MUCH more expensive for the clear sealant stuff.

    If the tank needs to hold much pressure then you would need a quality adhesive for the seams but for a tray or small tank elmers glue or silicone I pure silicone is fine. Make sure you tap the screw holes with a smaller diameter drill bit to keep the wood from splitting.

    Eric- epoxy & epoxy based paints are safe for plants & aquarium life after cured. Let the tray dry for a week or 2 out of water & a few days with water to make you feel better.
    Most aquarium décor is coated with epoxy paint. Check the can to see if it reads water retentant or something like that.
    Great suggestion from subrosa as well to get some idea of making water retaining plywood tanks. Just don't think you need everything listed for an aquarium that you will need for a tray b/c it will be much simpler. Heres a good link I found: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2011/12/aafeature

    Hope that helps you guys get started & have fun
    Last edited by Knuckles; 06-20-2015 at 07:54 PM.

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    Very descriptive, thanks again, Knuckles! You have been very helpful.

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    Hydro shops carry such size trays but you'll be paying out the nose. I looked at them and then decided against it when I saw the prices they were asking! LOL

    Here's the choices at my local Hydro shop: http://www.midwesthydroponics.com/br...low-trays.html

    And those rates don't include shipping or rather freight shipping for the size you're seeking.
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