Where can I buy cheap glass for custom build

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  1. Papitto

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    Hi, I'm looking for glass supplier that is reasonable with their prices. I have designed a 4ft tank. 1200Lx60Wx60H.

    Anybody have any contacts in JHB areas?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    give reneturck a call
    you would need 12mm to get a good safety rating, if you went only 500 high you could then get away with 10mm glass
     
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    if well braced this tank could be built out of 6mm all round, but 10mm would be far better for the build in the longterm...
     
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    So is it the height that determines glass thickness?
     
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    yebo...
    as the water pressure increases
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the first factor is height, then the length of the longest pane.
    the base is a combination of both.

    with 10mm and 12mm being about R40-R50 diff per sqm, i always opt for 12mm.
     
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    Isn't this the standard 4ft size? Or is this wider and higher?
     
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    Normal tanks i think are 45
     
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    Okay cool. Was thinking of another tank I saw recently
     
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    I'd go 10mm for 55-60cm water height (with euro-bracing).
     
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    Just something to consider. Was supplied with a tank: 10mm glass, 650 high. Braced top and bottom. Accepatable safety factor per the supplier? Most calculators I have seen calculates the safety factor without bracing.

    The tank cracked. If I knew the risk before I would have gone 12mm (trust/lack of knowledge). Supplier did replace, at that point I requested 12 mm glass. Tank has been lasting for 7 years no issues and was moved three times, once from Kimberley to Cape Town.

    In my last build I requested 15mm glass, 19mm bottom on a 1500x1500x650. Suppleirs would do 12mm. Reason being dont want to have the risk of it cracking. Safety without bracing is 4.5. It is braced top and bottom.

    It cost more, yes, but I compared that cost to a fully stocked tank cracking, water everywhere, livestock, maybe you are lucky and you get to them in time (was lucky previously), water everywhere... in my case the extra money was worth the lower risk.

    Also consider who is going to build the tank, lower safety factors and build errors are not a good combination.
     
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    I have been to my lfs that build tanks, they quoted me R4000 for a 1220x600x650 in 10mm glass, with braces top and bottom.
    R2500 for 3ft sump, wide. R5800 for cabinet n hood.:eek:
    Hence the reason I'm building my own :yeahdude:

    I will go 10mm with euro-brace in the same, with 12mm base. Extra bracing on bottom ends to equal top bracing.
     
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    Ouch , my 1250x1000x500 cost me R2070 to build complete in 12mm , R1200 for stand and R500 for sump

    The same tank in starphire was about R3900, 3 sides viewable
     
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    DIY is the way
     
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    Decided to go with 1524Lx500Wx500H.
    Got my glass cut and polished... 10mm with top Nd bottom bracing.
    Drilled back for overflow.
    Just need plumbing and sump glass.

    Building a stand using hardwood and SA pine for shell...
     
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    good dimensions, do euro bracing
     
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    I dont want to go off topic but just want to get an opinion Ive never build a tank. But I do most other things DIY because then I know its done properly, how I want it and i enjoy doing stuff myself. And im not scared of trying and failing. But for some reason with fishtanks Im scared but would realy like to try it?

    Where is the best place to start reading on how to build a marine tank? Is it worth it? or must I rather leave it for the experts?
     
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    its really simple

    first Q
    did you get the glass to rest on the base? or go around it? aka floating base
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    equipment you will need:
    corner clamps
    silicone chaulking gun
    masking tape
    tile spacers

    more than welcome to pop past and borrow mine
     
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    Gonna do some reading:)

    Got all those equipment already except tile spacers:what:
     
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