Fish tank dimensions

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  1. King_Triton

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    Hey guys...

    can anyone tell me what is suitable dimensions for a tank built from 10ml glass??

    is there a way to calculate this?

    also wanted to know if a tank can be built with 6.3ml bullet proof glass? Its basically made up of 2 3ml on either side with a 3ml laminate of some sort in the middle.

    Thanks in advance...
     
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    Iv seen nano tanks built from 10mm glass and I have seen 2metre tanks built from 10mm glass. Tell us what you have in mind and we tell you if it will work :tt2:

    That bullet proof glass you are talking about is not bullet proof :lol:. Its laminated safety glass that is designed to break into pieces when broken. It is not suitable for a tank though. Standard float is best.
     
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    lol.. okay okay... I dont know all the different types of glass all that well :tt2:

    okay so i was thinking of something like 1600L x 90W x 60H (mm) or maybe even 100 mm width.

    stumbled across this and it calculates it quiet well, just not sure if its accurate so trying to compare with another online calculator.

    Building Your Aquarium - Calculations

    From this calc, it says those dimensions are possible
     
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    Here is a nice chart calculating glass thickness.

    top row is tank length.
    left column is tank hight.
    match them up to get a suitable glass thickness.
    the number is brackets is a safety factor.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yes i did see this. The problem is that this is based on standard tank sizes.
     
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    Those dimensions are fine for 10mm glass. You can make the tank 1600 x 1600 x 600 if you want

    According to the calculators each pane must not exceed 1600mm in length and 600mm in hight
     
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    Yeah as soon as you pass those values it goes into 12ml glass. just hope its accurate.
     
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    so its going to be 1600x1000x600 mm. any ideas on how the base should be designed?
     
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    That a decent size tank! Im assuming here that you have 10mm glass lying around somewhere and you will be using this to build your tank?

    10mm will be OK for the base if the stand supports it properly but 12mm would be batter. I would do euro bracing top and bottom aswell.
     
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    Well kinda, my dad has a friend with a glass company so he's kinda hooking me up.. for FREE :thumbup:

    I was thinking about a double base.. cant remember what the other base is called. saw it on a tank at idol marine. It was something like a double base, but the second glass on the inside of the tank, was cut in 3 pieces, and with the silicone in between.. sort of seemed somewhat "flexible".

    Do you think it will be necessary to brace the top of the tank with a height of 60cm though??
     
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    I think that is called a floating base. I think if you euro-brace the top it will be sufficient. Not sure how euro bracing on the bottom works with a floating base..
     
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    what really determents the thickness of the glass for a tank is the height. the more high you wanna build your tank the thicker the glass will have to be. you can build a 4m. long tank and if you make it only 30cm high you can probably get away with 6mm glass (please dont try this at home)
    check this cool on-line calculator.
     
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    You are one lucky bugger! =)

    If you can get the extra glass for a double base then do it! The reason why its cut in 3 pieces is because if it was a single large piece it would be almost impossible to get in and to also allow for expansion and contraction. With a double base its best to a do a "floating base". this is where the base sits on the inside of the walls. A "standard" base is where the walls sit on top of the glass. With a doble base you will not need bracing at the bottom.

    You could make it rimless aslong as you dont put a wave maker in your tank :thumbup:

    a floating base is something else, I explain it above :tt2: :thumbup:

    lol I definitely wont be trying that at home! A long tank need to be supported though so the glass does not bow outwards and thats either with thicker glass or bracing.
     
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    Lol, are you talking a wavebox kinda wavemaker or tunze or vortech?
     
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    Hi Guys,

    If anyone is still following this thread...

    I need some help on figuring out what to do if i want this tank to be rimless. I have put it off for a while, as the guy thats giving me the glass was out of the country.

    so he's back now, and I want to send through the list of all the glass i need, so it will be cut to size.

    So far, i have 2x 1500mm*600mm; 2 x880mm*600mm, for the base its 1500mm*900mm and the reinforcement base to go inside that will measure 14800mm*880mm

    If this tank is to be rimless, what other reinforcement should I use? have checked on the net, but theres a whole lot of info, some of which conflicts with others.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    Rimless with 10mm glass for a tank that size might be risky.
    I'd feel safer putting euro bracing on it.
     
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    Rimless is a pain IME. Water splashes out far more easily, fish are more likely to jump and you need thicker glass. Even then it's not going to have the strength of a braced tank.

    I'd really go for eurobracing...
     
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    To the best of my knowledge...if you want rimless, then you increase the thickness of the glass...:blush:
    PS: is rimless and braceless the same..?.:blush:
     
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    euro-bracing :)
    here is a good example
    [​IMG]
     
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    Is that Tank for me...:p
     
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