Dream Tank !!

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  1. jagman

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    Hi all. Busy looking at the best size tank that I would like to make from scratch. So far looking at an 8ft(244cm) by 24"(61cm) by 24"(61cm). This will be set up as a room divider, visible from both front and rear. Glass thickness will be 9mm. Tank will be placed on a steel welded frame with full clading / cupboards built around and above. Any advice ?
     
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  3. Matt

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    9mm? i'd go thicker
     
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    That size tank I would recommend 12mm glass and a 20mm double base (2 x 10mm). Sounds like a great project though :thumbup:
     
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    not going to get 9mm to my knowledge.. better to go 10mm as 8mm is an import and will be more expensive than 10mm and not as strong... try go wider.. this will make stacking rockery a bit easier as it will allow a better foundadtion to be established.. also just looks cool..;) welcome...
     
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    Yes but look at the safety factor at 9mm, it's only 1.95, whereas with 12mm glass you get a much higher safety factor of 3.46, don't take a chance, you might end up mopping floors at 2am after the tank has burst, deep_blu is then going to be deep_red with anger :lol:

    Have a look at our calculators page, there is a glass thickness calculator there that was written by an engineer (Reef Maniac) Marine Aquariums of South Africa Calculators
     
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    Uhmm not too much of a problem with the 10mm if braced properly, my current tank is 2.3x70x70 and has been running for about 3yrs no probs[touch wood] but have to agree the 12mm will give you a better safety factor.
     
  9. jagman

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    Is 70cm depth not too high ?

    Shot for the calculator.

    Where is the best place to go for glass in Durban / Pinetown area ?
     
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    Go wider than deeper. Gets difficult to work on when it is too deep.

    Costa glass has always been good with price, but can be slow on delivery.
     
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    Any contact details for Costa Glass ??

    Do they also drill holes etc or is it going to be easier to do it myself ?
     
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    Mmmm..... :nono:
     
  13. jagman

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    Yes Dear ?????:whistling:
     
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    Not off hand, but they are in the book.

    Don't think they will drill, can't remember. But ask.
     
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    Yip 12mm, and with that watervolume you wont just be mopping you will be fetching furniture that washed down the road

    :lol:
     
  16. jagman

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    I got scuba gear !! :lol:
     
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    With 9mm glass I suggest you sleep with it on:lol:
     
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    do i have a say in this fish tank?????? or maybe it'll be me going out for a :peroni: instead of spending "quality" time with u.
     
  19. jagman

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    "Of course " you have a say !!
     
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    Try get StarFire glass, worth the investment
     
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    Have to agree 60cm wide doesn't give you a lot of room for LR placement. Rather go 80cm or wider.
     
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