Cross Bracing or not?

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  1. Qaiser

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    Hi

    I would just like to no whether this bracing is sufficient. The tank is built in 10mm glass.

    The tanks dimensions are 1200(L) x 600 (W) x 550(H)

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  3. Ridwaan

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    For that size tank in 10mm thick glass, a euro brace will suffice...no cross brace needed...
     
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    I have the same size but 50cm high in 8mm. Euro bracing is fine.
     
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    Can I just add the cross bracing like this as the front and back bracing doesn't touch the sides which is required for the euro bracing.

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    @Qaiser..I only have glass struts running lengthwise along base, and two struts running lengthwise along top of tank
     
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    @4age so are you saying that my tank should be fine with only the two braces running length wise
     
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    I would still put the bracing on the sides as if the other two were long enough and then on top of that lap join it with maybe 6mm pieces running the full length.This should add strength and look neat.
     
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    @Qaiser that's how I would do it but I'll run the two small red pieces all the way through.I don't know if your two fitted pieces are fixed on the same level, for instance 50mm from the top of the tank,if so you'll have to fill the spaces with two other small pieces because your side braces will sit on top of the other two.This can end up as a bit of a lego expidition but I'm sure you'll manage.
     
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    This is my current bracing. Rear brace is about 60mm away from the side and the front about 2mm away from each side.

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    A picture says a thousand words and to be honest if it was my tank I would sacrifice the already fitted braces and put new ones on that fit 100%.If you don't feel like doing that cut your side braces wider than 60mm to accommodate the gap and depending on your water level put them under the existing braces, you want to join the side and front/rear braces for strength.
     
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    I agree.i wud rather put other bracing that run entire length of tank
     
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    glass is 10mm
    tank is 1200(L) x 600 (W) x 550(H)
    i doubt you need cross bracing

    If really needed, one brace in the middle, like the Daro 1.2m tanks. they are thinner glass and almost same diameters. OK, 1220 x 450 x 450
     
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    I received 2 cross braces yesterday which I will use as a euro brace. Ill have to put the braces below the current braces because it is already flush with the top of the tank. The new braces in red will how ever make contact on the areas circled in yellow and of course to the side panels. Would this then be sufficient.

    *The drawing shows the front of the side braces being above the current brace but it will below.

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    The tank doesn't even need bracing at that size. You can run strips down the 1200 length to simply stop the glass from bowing in the middle. Those dont need to be 100% from edge to edge. From what I can see in the pic that is what has been done
     
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    @Mewik Yes that is exactly how it was done. I just dont want to fill the tank then find out at a later stage that it must be braced. Also most tanks I see with similar sizes are euro braced and that's what made me wonder whether my 2 longitudinal braces are sufficient
     
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    Nah you dont need to. Im busy stripping and putting a 1.2 x 600 back together and it was done with the same bracing as yours and im reassembling it the same way. The brace is just to take pressure off of the long span of the glass. However if it makes you feel safer bracing the tank then do it now, personally I wouldn't.....watch my tank explode just because I said that :p
     
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    @Mewik

    Lmao nah it wont. I think ill just add the bracing because I already have it. Thanks
     
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