Tank Weight, Glass Weight Calculator

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  1. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi All....

    As promised in the "glass weight" thread .......

    Here is a tank weight calculator

    Assumptions on glass density and sand density etc have been made so the acual weight will vary a little depending on what material is used ....

    it is pretty scary how quickly the weight adds up...

    Enjoy

    Mods please move to an appropriate section if this is not he propper place for this thread
     

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  3. Neil H

    Neil H Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    My tank comes in at an est 850Kg
     
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    awesum dude!! greatttt post!
     
  5. viper357

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    Damn Neil, that's a great little tool, thanks :thumbup:
     
  6. FransSny

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    Hell Neil, thats cool..now i know i cant move the tank
     
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    mine only weighs 2898kgs
     
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    bliksem:thumbup:
     
  9. Neil H

    Neil H Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    glad you okes like it .....
     
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    So my little 1.2m, is an overweight 415KG.
     
  11. JD167

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    Does the bracing width take into consideration top, bottom and center bracing or do you have to add them all up?
     
  12. Neil H

    Neil H Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Bracing is a difficult one to make a generic calculator for ( and in the end makes only a very small contribution to the overall wieght) but here is how it works

    it multiplies the width by the thickness by twice the length of the front and sides, so it does not take into account centre bracing.

    if you had doube bracing, either double the thickness of the glass or add the two widths together.

    if there is significant centre bracing then increase the width of the bracing and that will be a value close to the total bracing volume.... hope that makes sense.
     
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    LOL! OK - here's mine (I'll play)...

    Thanks Neil! Awesome calculator!

    My DT only: 1078kg
    My DT + stand: 1280kg
    My tank + sump: 5568kg!!!! LOL! WOW! (not really fair - my sump is in my garage - and consists of 6 x 1 metre tanks!)
     
  14. AfricaOffroad

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    Very useful tool for doing the set up calcs on my system.
    Good thing when designing the house I told the structural engineer to make provision for the tank weight on the suspended floor - told him to allow 2T uniformly distributed load.

    My system is coming out at around 1700kg.
    i think I'll give him a call and ask him to validate his design !
     
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    Total system weight (no LR or BR and stand not included, have no idea how much it weighs) 3222kg... :)

    thanks for the thread, great fun
     
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    how do you know if your stand is strong enough to hold tank weight
     
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    Great, just what I was looking for in moving my tank
     
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    I must be doing something wrong with this Please help ... need to 3 X tanks weight ... 1 X 6 foot ( 1.8M X 0.6M X 0.6M) ..... 1 X 8 foot ( 2.4M X 0.7M X 0.7M) and lastly a 3M X 0.7M X 0.7 ... starting to work out material needed for stands ... and water volumes as well please .....
     
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    heavy, bloody heavy, and oh shit heavy.

    Or 6 guys, 8 guys and 10 guys needed to move it.
     
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    The stand or the tanks here's what I had in mind ...

    Tankstands.jpg
     
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