Max Size Tank

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  1. Muz

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    A question for all the tank builders out there..

    What is the max size tank you can build with 10mm, my next tank I would like to be 2200 x 700 x 700, the space is planned and teh miss has given the thumbs up.. is this too big for 10mm glass , water depth will probably be around the 680mm mark.

    I have looked at tank glass thickness calculators but I am too lazy to sit and work out stress ratios..

    Muz
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    if im not mistaken.Alans tank is 2.3m and is made of 10mm glass.not too sure though,let him confirm
     
  4. Muz

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    It will be interesting.. should'nt I just go for 12mm and be done with it?
     
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    if i were you.i'll defniatley go 12mm to keep away the paranoia
     
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    Hi muz, yip mine is 2.3x700x700 and is 10mm glass and have had no probs. Northlands have their 3000L x900W X700H in 10mm and has been there for 6/7 odd yrs with no problems. One bit of advice on the large tanks, they must be as level as possible. I took a full day to level my display.
     
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    Alan, if I may go slightly off topic...

    * Where is your water level at?
    * How did you level it? I mean I know obviously with a spirit level etc. But is your stand's legs adjustable?
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi Gali, the water level is at about 65, the stand is not adjustable i used shims to level. The other thing i did and i do suggest for all large tanks is i used a high density polystyrene to go between the floor and the stand as well as between the tank and the stand. So working from the top down i would have the tank, polystyrene, chip board, stand, polystyrene and then floor.
     
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    Thanks. Cool info.
     
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    Hey Muz,
    Who are you going to get to build your new tank?
     
  11. Muz

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    I was going to do it myself, I have built most of my tanks except for the last one, I will get the glass delivered to my place and then I will just silicone. I will need some help holding everything together.

    Alan, how have you done your bracing.. any pics.?

    On my big tanks I have marine board and poly on the floor.. it has saved me big time !
     
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    The bracing is Euro and 2 cross brases, i dont want to take any chances. I dont have pics of the bracing unfortunatley, the tank was built by Chris at Northlands.
     
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