Triangle build - DIY job

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Hi All,

Keen on building a tank as a small (big) project with the family and was wondering where I should be looking for glass. Also if you know prices that would be great.

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Try rene turck...they stock low iron glass aswell
 

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What size tank?
 
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What size tank?

Looking at a Triangular tank because of space with arces etc. But found a very nice area in the lounge.

2 sided viewing areas 2m and 1.9m
back glass is 2.3m
Looking at 90cm high.

Think it will give a decent size and will be viewed from 2 sections of the house.
 

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90 too high...
Your arms are shorter than that.
Must go 20mm glass.
Must have proper braces.
 

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Maybe 16mm glass, but that depends on bracing.
 

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800mm in height will be a lot more cost effective. And easier to maintain.

If I understood your dimensions correctly, you anyway will have problems reaching the middle of the tank.

Do you know the application SketchUp? It got a freeware version. Do a basic layout design with it and export your pictures. Upload here for comment. Actually you can do a very detailed design on SketchUp
 
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800mm in height will be a lot more cost effective. And easier to maintain.

If I understood your dimensions correctly, you anyway will have problems reaching the middle of the tank.

Do you know the application SketchUp? It got a freeware version. Do a basic layout design with it and export your pictures. Upload here for comment. Actually you can do a very detailed design on SketchUp
Okay perfect haha that was my next post was to ask someone to maybe do it in AutoCad if anyone works with it. But ill give it a shot.

Yes the middle will be a tough one but ill find a way around that.
 
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So I used some lunch time to come up with a few ideas. It is a rough thought. Please add comment to the design. I do think that the corners will be tough to clean but there will always be away to keep it clean. maybe a soft towel to wipe it. or just hide it when i do the cabinet.

Not sure where I will place the overflow but maybe in the back corners or middle of the tank. let me know what you think about the overflow.

So the differences are the bracing. Each corner does end on a wall.

The viewing areas have full view each. The front corner will not be able accessible from the front and it will be against another corner of an arch way. But can always access it from the sides.

I know they all not from the exact same angle but very similar.

Hope this all makes sense.

Option 1

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Option 2

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Option 3

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Option 4

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The cutting of the glass is the very tricky part as you will need the exact angles. Not sure about the strength of the joins with the edges being so thin on the outside.
 

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The arch, how thick is that wall?

What is the width of the arch? From back panel to the front point?
 
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The cutting of the glass is the very tricky part as you will need the exact angles. Not sure about the strength of the joins with the edges being so thin on the outside.
Would need to get the edges cut at a 45 or whatever the angle would be. Going to use tape to get the angles etc... I'll stick it on the floor.



The arch, how thick is that wall?
What is the width of the arch? From back panel to the front point?[/QUOTE

Will check when I get home. Why what's the plan
 
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The arch, how thick is that wall?

What is the width of the arch? From back panel to the front point?
So the width from the back glass to the front point is 2m.
The arch pillar is 60cm thick and load bearing.
the width of the arch is 2.3m left side if the tank
 

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Think you need to draw the arch and walls into your design and then upload that layout.

As they say, a picture says a thousand words.
 

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Probably easiest to make all three sides the same length, then you know you will need the glass cut at 45 degrees, different lengths might involve some high school geometry to work out the angles of individual glass pieces.

80cm or 90cm high won't really make a massive practical difference, either way you will still not be able to reach very far into a tank of that shape. :lol:
 
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Hi. The cross bracing on 2,3,4 seem pointless as there is no cross brace on the longest panel. I would suggest option 5. Have a small reverse triangular bracing coming from each panel. If that makes sense.
 
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