Glass thickness

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  1. Nishal

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    Hi Everyone. What an awesome site you guys have here!
    I am new to this forum, although i have been on the site for a long time now.

    So i finally decided to take leap of faith and actually start my own marine tank. I found a guy thats selling a brand new tank 610 x 300 x 320. The glass is 4mm all around.

    Im not to sure if this glass is thick enough for the water volume, please help?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    for that size its fine, but i wouldnt get it due to 4mm being brittle and a small bash with rock etc could crack it

    there are a few for sale in our for sale section
     
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    hi and welcome to MASA. that is a standard 2ft system all with 4mm glass. it is saf te use. but if you feel that it might not be strong enough you can brace it at the top a bit. nothing serious. otherwize you can do a custom 60cm with thicker glass. and i bet it will still be cheaper too
     
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    If you buy it just ask a pet shop or someone to add another layer of glass for the base and it's more than enough even they way it is will be fine....
     
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    If that LR just rolls over that glass will crack. Think about it, it's too risky for SW but for FW it's fine.
     
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    thanks guys. think i am going to go for it. since i will be looking to use smaller pieces of live rock in my setup i dont forsee LR falling over and crackng glass.

    Also, i was thinking of using a "hang on" overflow to drain into the sump. however If at some point i would want to drill this tank would i be able to?
     
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    from experience you can drill it, but will need to re-enforce it, 4mm is easy to snap
     
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    Do your research first. You came here looking for answers right?
     
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    That is a standard Daro 2 foot tank.
    Should be ok

    and you should be OK to drill it and fit an overflow box.
     
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    First :welcometomasa2:
     
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    @MistaOrange, i did come for answers. Not sure if ive got it yet.mixed responses.
    The tank i am looking at is complete with stand and cupboards. For the price...its a steal. guess i will just have to build another tank for it, using 6mm glass this time?

    Appreciate the advise. Thanks again
     
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    if it is complete already and you are skeptical you can just brace it.
     
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    @thefish what kind of bracing do you suggest? I am picturing 3 pieces of 4mm glass running across the width of the tank. left, right and middle?
     
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    @Dorry lol i actually beat you to it:lol:
     
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    if you put at the bottom of the system that can work yes. otherwize you can use one peace over the width of the tank at the top. dont really need to use a big strip of glass for that. or you can brace all round the top too.
     
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    Will stop giving advice as I talk from experience but you know best.
     
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    I don't want to burst your bubble first. 4 mm glass is fine, but working with rock in the tank. My frag tank is built 4mm and every time something slip from my hand i hold my breath. Start it write with 10mm glass, let them drill the hole and custom build it. Your sump you can use 4mm glass. Other options check the for sale forum. Do your homework first, know when you decide you start a marine tank you want it like in yesterday. This hobby is all about patients, and more patients.
     
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    @Dorry. I do know that patience is the name of the game in marine. As i mentioned earlier, i am looking for advice. As i said i will take setup but then get another tank built up. Rather be safe than sorry later on. Do you know any reasonable tank builders in Durban CBD?

    Will also have a look on the sale forum.
     
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    i think @seank will be a good bet.
     
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    Been running the same 2foot system for almost 1,5 year, get 10mil
     
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