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Old 25-11-2011   #1
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Hi Reefers

so my current tank is getting too small for my liking.thinking of getting somthing a bit bigger.

planning on building a 1500x600x600 rimless reef.

need some advice though,can i use toughend glass 10mm for this build?

any help app....
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Old 25-11-2011   #2
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toughhend as in tempered ? if it is tempered you will not be able to use it as tempered glass has les flex than normal glass, it also doesnt just crack when it fails like normal glass, it shatters.
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toughhend as in tempered ? if it is tempered you will not be able to use it as tempered glass has les flex than normal glass, it also doesnt just crack when it fails like normal glass, it shatters.
yeah probably is tempered cause the guy said(salesman) it does not crack it shatters

so would normal glass work if it is rimless and i use 10mm thick glass?
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Calculate Aquarium Glass Thickness | Aquarium Tools ...they got it as 10mm not sure if it's plain or Starphire glass..
hopefully this can help...they talk of "safety factor" 2.5 something, cant remember...this should hopefully give you a good indication..
If you use it with 3.8 Safety Factor..which apparently is the "standard use", then you are looking at 12mm...

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You will need some sort of bracing, euro bracing doesnt look that bad....
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Calculate Aquarium Glass Thickness | Aquarium Tools ...they got it as 10mm not sure if it's plain or Starphire glass..
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ok used this aquatools calculator,it says 10mm is safe at 2.5 watever
wat is starphire glass and where can i buy it?
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ok thnx do u know of any website that i could get any ideas for bracing etc...
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ok used this aquatools calculator,it says 10mm is safe at 2.5 watever
wat is starphire glass and where can i buy it?
Rather work it out on 3.8...that will then be 12mm thickness...

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The variability of the strength of glass due to limitations of the manufacturing process means a suitable safety factor must be used when calculating glass thickness. The factor commonly used is 3.8. While not a perfect guarantee, it will remove all risk bar that of damaged or very poor quality glass.

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ok thnx do u know of any website that i could get any ideas for bracing etc...

Visit idol marine and have a look at how they do things, adriaan will maybe give you a few pointers
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Starphire/Low Iron/Optic White/ Low E - Marine Aquariums of South Africa ..
Got to find the glass places up there by you...might get the Links again...saw it on the Site the other day...

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@raflo ...silly, I meant I'll get it for you...
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