Laminate glass

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  1. Rod

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    Hi I want to build an aquarium using either 2 by 10 mm laminate or 2 by 12mm laminate.
    The dimensions are 1500 by 500 by 1100 mm with a water level of 1000 mm.
    Any suggestions?
    Rod
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    you can contact Rene Turck for glass
     
  4. Express Reef

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    Why so deep?
     
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    good luck cleaning that bad boy
    700 was to deep for me
     
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    Yeah 700 is a pain, if i knew I would have gone 600-650.
     
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    Hi Rod
    What do you plan to keep in such a high tank?
     
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    Nothing against a high tank, but only half the width? IMO any marine tank should be 20% wider than the height of the water column. But that is just me.
    The tank I had was 1.8m wide, but it looked more than just a meter in width.
    Forget about nice aquascaping, especially when the width is used as a divider.
    But maybe we should first hear what you want to keep in there, before coming up with our opinions.
     
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    Hi Rod, nice to hear from you again. Standard 19mm will be OK if you are not going star fire glass. But if you are going star fire, then 2x12mm (24mm) laminated is best. A little cheaper than 19mm star fire.
     
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    Why only 500mm wide?

    :D
     
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  11. Rod

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    Hi Keith, thanks.
    The dimensions are as requested, in my view totally nuts.
     
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    so we not the only ones thinking they wack :p
     
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    Guys I have an opinion on laminated glass:
    My Old man had 2 marine tanks when I was younger both built in to his house.
    The first was 3 x 10mm laminate (30mm) and the second was as mentioned above 2 x 12mm. bot of them after about 3 -5 years needed the glass to be replaced from de- lamination on the edges!!! This visually is very terrible plus the water creep makes it look like it is cracking!
    I have subsequently built many tanks over the years and have every now and then tried laminate glass even on small tanks coz of budget in the younger years;)
    All of these even 1000 x 500 x 500 de-laminate, I don't sugest going this route!
    It would actually be interesting to see if anyone out there who's had a laminated glass tank for more than 5 years has had better luck??:whistling:
     
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    What I do not understand here, is why is the glass de-laminating in the first place.
    Laminated glass looks like a sandwich. And once the film in between the glasses are sealed with silicone, how can it de-laminate? I assume that the film will be sealed in any way.
     
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    I made my freshwater tank out of 2x3mm glass about 15 years ago. Its a 450 x 450 x 450 triangle pent thing, it delaminated after about 3 years in use, but only on the top edge were theres no silicone, its about 3 cm at the top that looks ugly, i just covered it in vinyl tape, hides the water line nicely too now. Not sure why it delaminates, but in my experience if there is any air at all in the seams were the silicone goes, its gonna delaminate.
     
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    It seems like the film between the layers like you describe a 'sandwich' after a few years seems to nearly dry up and perish, possibly starting from salt creep, splashing, constant lighting. or a combo of the above?:blush:
    Wish I had some old pics to show... will check if i can dig some up when I visit the folks?
     
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    Heres a pic, its not pretty.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Interesting..following the thread..i wanted to fix my broken rear glass with laminated glass...totally against that now...
     
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