Building new tank

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  1. Mo K

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    Hi Peolples.

    I'm thinking of building a small cube, 600 * 600 and about 500 deep. What thickness glass would best suit this design?

    Thanks
     
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    10 mm glass
     
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    Jip, 10mm is fine for sides, but at least 12-16 mm for bottom...
     
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    No probs. couldn't get the direct link copied from Ipad... :blush:
     
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    Thanks..

    According to the calculator it should be 6.3 sides and 10.6 bottom.
    Think I'll go 10 for the sides and 12 bottom.
     
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    Be safe than sorry go 10mm sides & 12mm base.
     
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    Ok and another question. If I'm making my over flow chamber in the corner like so...
    What size must it be?
    What size must the hole for drain be?
    What size will be the hole for the return?

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    Take into account that your sump will have the same water flow as your display. The volume of water over the dividers in the sump is the same as over the overflow in the display.

    The narrower the display total overflow length is less, the more will the water head be in the display. That is the volume water that drains down to your sump when power goes out. Ignoring the siphon break at the moment. The wider the overflow, then your head will be less. An a strong return pump that could mean the difference in the water level touching your bracing or not.

    Plus if you want to use those teeth on the overflow, or a mesh, it will also increase the water head height in the display. So you could end up with 20mm head in the tank. That is a lot of extra water your sump needs to handle when the power goes out.
     
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    And something will fall into there. You need to get your hand down there to retrieve it. Plus your Durso standpipe must have space. Take bracing into account on both these issues.
     
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    Take in cosideration your stand (lest say using 50 x50 squere tubing) then leave a gap for fiting sides and then the diameter of the pipe. Draw this with a black board marker and then use a cardboard and make a template. Myne ended up being 32mm. Here is a link to myne. Tiger Eye's 4ft adventure. - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    On the tank construction a 10mm all round sized glass will be fine... what i would rather do instead of a thicker base is add base bracing and this is simply to add a 90 degree bonding point for the vertical glass..

    10mm for this size (especially at .500mm high) will be adequate.
     
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