Tank Support

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  1. Sparky

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    Hey guys

    I think I asked this a while back, but I can't find the thread.

    Is it possible to strengthen a tank after it has been built?
     
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    Hi Sparky - you can add braces to the tank's top after the tank is up and running....
     
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    My reason is I live on the 2nd floor and a just trying to make 100% sure I don't drown my neighbors. Tank is still empty at the moment. It is already Eurobraced. According to the calcs the glass should be 8mm thick, but its 6mm. Was thinking I'll just fill it to 400mm instead of the 450mm it holds.
     
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    Hi Sparky - does the tank have anything on the bottom? If not, perhaps add some bracing on the bottom glass panel too.

    Also - does it have a brace in the centre (or possibly two across each of the tow thirds of the tank's top?) - if not, you can add this too. Then you can rest assured that it should not break.

    My 2 metre tank is 10mm, and I have bracing EVERYWHERE. Top front & back (running complete length of the tank) plus one centre brace (running from front to back of tank), as well as bottom bracing, on all 4 sides of the tank, this includes another centre brace at the bottom centre of the tank, running from front to back...

    I should actually have a 12mm tank - but the bracing's done so well, that my tank SHOULD not break... and I fill my tank up 650mm out of 700mm (water level in any case).
     
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    If I can ask, what are your tank dimensions? Also, could you post a drawing or pics of your bracing? Mine is 1500x450x450. I have the 1 centre brace already. I have seen the tank filled, so I know it does hold the water, but I just want to be sure everything possible has been done, just in case.
     
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    Hi Sparky - I will try and do a quick drawing - but I am not too good at it (even though I should be) ;-)

    My tank's dimensions are:
    2000 wide x 700 high x 700 deep (front to back)
     
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    Ok, according to the calc I have been using your sides should be 14mm and bottom 19mm. Maybe this one is just extra cautious ...lol...

    My calcs come to sides 8mm and bottom 11mm. My bottom is 10mm
     
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    [​IMG]OK - here you go - quick pic drawn:
     
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    Ok, cool, mine looks almost exactly like that. Just missing the 3 front to back supports on the bottom. Will add them this weekend.
     
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    I am quite sure that once you have added them, that your tank should be quite strong enough, as long as your stand is very strong and stable.... Then you should not have problems with the tank bursting......
     
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