tank construction advise please

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  1. JAM

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    Howzit guys I've decided to go wider and higher. I've currently got a 1200lx450wx450h and want to go 1200lx550wx750h with 10mm glass and wanted to know if I would need a center brace at the top of the tank or could I have it completley open? (Thinking it would be easier to "fiddle" and wouldn't obstruct any light that way) secondly witch is a more effective overflow, centre back overflow or side overflow? Thanx guys
     
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    i prever a center back as you can view from 3 sides then! why not go with 12 mm rimmless? just brace at the bottom of the tank!
     
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    750mm high, 1200mm long and then rimmless with 12 mm? You must be joking.
     
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    did not lool at the hight... sorry about that! why do you want to go that high?
     
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    Just really want to go as high as possible love the look. Are you saying I would have to go thicker than 12mm???
     
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    DonĀ“t go higher than 700mm. I hardly can reach the bottom in my cube, which is 650mm high. Anything higher than 700mm and you can not reach the bottom. If you got space, go as wide as you can, otherwise aquascaping will be difficult with 700mm height.
    15mm glass thickness for 700mm is okay.
     
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    Ok good point guys maby ill go 650 instead but yoh 15mm! That would put a big spanner in my budget works lol! Will b selling a load of my corals later in the week to finance the build so eish gotta make another plan quick quick ha ha
     
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    hi jam. call me on 0722122288, i need to get a new tank also
     
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    do not hand your phone number out like that on an open forum. Rather use a PM.
     
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    firstly what are your intentions for the tank? coral= sps,lps, softies? fish?

    if you are going to go that deep be prepared to go swimming when things topple off the rockwork and down to the bottom.. while tongs will be a must they are rarely effective in sturdy coral placement..

    now to design

    it is possible to construct this size tank in 10 excluding the center brace. but i strongly urge you to keep the height a maximum of 700mm (.650 being better imo).

    12 and 15mm are lekker if budget allows but this is not always feasable and will be very heavy in the event of a move.

    rather create the illusion of a deeper tank by raising the level of the stand.. for longterm you will have greater success.
     
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    firstly what are your intentions for the tank? coral= sps,lps, softies? fish?

    if you are going to go that deep be prepared to go swimming when things topple off the rockwork and down to the bottom.. while tongs will be a must they are rarely effective in sturdy coral placement..

    now to design

    it is possible to construct this size tank in 10 excluding the center brace. but i strongly urge you to keep the height a maximum of 700mm (.650 being better imo).

    12 and 15mm are lekker if budget allows but this is not always feasable and will be very heavy in the event of a move.

    rather create the illusion of a deeper tank by raising the level of the stand.. for longterm you will have greater success.
     
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    almost forgot: regarding the overflow, a back center will offer extra strength to the back pane of glass, so from a structural point of view it is beneficial. the water may need a little coaxing by intellegent placement of pumps on your behalf to get possible stagnat surface water to be directed to the overflow. my current tank is has a center overflow and i am experiencing a little surface scum laying static. i hope with the addition of 2 new pumps which i have on order this will srop.
     
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    Thanks guys im gonna go with 650h 10mm and gonna go with 1m high stand
     
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    :yeahdude:
     
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