tank build advice

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  1. keyaam

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    Hi All

    I got a old tank made out of 10mm glass and the wife wants her own tank. The size she wants is 600*600*600mm. With 10mm glass do i still need to brace the tank. she wants it to be rimless. What height would be the safest? and come someone please work out the sizes for the side and bottom panes
     
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  3. Tony

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    For rimless I would go with 12mm glass and have 24mm as the base. The stand should be 40-50mm square bar reinforced in the centres
     
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    Agree with Tony, with the water level at lets say 580 I would also go with nothing less than 12mm glass
     
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    Guys i want to use the glass i already have
     
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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm you can do it but a chance you going to take
     
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    How old is the glass you want to use... Is it the glass from the old tank if it is I would not take the chance my 2c
     
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    Don't chance it. If you really want to go with your glass then you must reinforce the top with braces and fill your water to about 500mm. Still go with the 20mm base
     
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    Agree with you there tony
     
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    Why 20mm base? thats a overkill IMO

    Base I would say 12mm and sides 12-16mm
     
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    10mm braced no prob base included.. @ 500 you could go without top braces in 10mm but i have never liked to exclude bracing on tanks with glass thinner than 19mm.. personal preferance
     
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    Two pieces of 10mm glass pasted over one another. All my tanks are built like that for extra support underneath. MAybe its a bit of overkill but the bottom of my current tank can hold a man, in fact that's how I aquascaped it with someone physically in the tank placing all the rocks and corals.
     
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    agree it is better but for the size intended here way overkill;).. balancing budget and quality are always gonna be a struggle.. any reason you want to go rimless keyaam? light issues perhaps? if so why not consider adding glass gussets in the corners
     
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    Will work, but definately an over kill, at least you can use yours as pool too?:lol:

    I bought that 1mx1m cube from Meks, and its only got a 12mm base, and its very strong!
     
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    Thanks for the reply guys. What are gussets?
     
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    gussets are triangular pieces of glass cut to brace the corners...can be glued to be flush with the top piece of glass.. corner bracing in other words..
     
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    How strong is corner bracing ?

    Can you just have corner bracing and no cross braces?
     
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    Im not sure warr. Im still waiting on les to confirm. I started with this tank and actually changed it to 600*600*450. Need to get the tank done as ill be moving in a few months and need to set it up at the new place at least a month before we move. I hate moving a tank:(
     
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    hey dude sorry for the late reply.. as for the bracing it is always better to brace if possible especially when going .600 and higher, other things we need to establish are are you putting some sort of lid on the tank/ if so this could be used as a method of bracing but be sure not to remove it when the tank is full. of cousrse you will have to make this lid be able to allow you access at all times..
     
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    but isnt the whole point of rimeless tanks to have absolutely nothing on them-bracing, lids ect. just suspending lights from above. if you are going to have a canopy/lid then brace it as u wont see the bracing;)
     
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