Inner tank bracing question

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Hi all,

My boyfriend and i are currently in the process of building a 1200mm x 480mm x 500mm (LxWxH). We bought all of the glass and realized that the inside bracing width is 8cm to short. If i space it evenly i would have a 4cm gap each side between the length wise bracing. Would this cause a weakness on the inside of the tank? Would it be better to get a new piece cut that is the right size or can i use the current brace with the gaps?

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I forgot to also add that the tank is made out of 10mm glass and the bracing is also 10mm glass for the top bracing i will be using the euro bracing and the top bracing will also be 10mm glass
 

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Hi there

You could omit using the side bracing if you wanted to. It won't effect the structural integrity of that size tank. The fact that you have gone 10mm all round weighs greatly in your favour.
 
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Hi there

You could omit using the side bracing if you wanted to. It won't effect the structural integrity of that size tank. The fact that you have gone 10mm all round weighs greatly in your favour.
Hi Leslie,

Thank you for your reply. I will use the bracing at its current size just to be on the safer side.
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That shorter pieces should be fine at the bottom.
Would just provide bigger area to hold the front and back panels in place. Instead of just 10mm silicone, it would now be 20mm. The 40mm gaps would be insignificant.

Only negative part might be the front view. But with cabinet coming up in front of the tank high enough to hide the bottom panels, it would not be an issue.
 

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