So after much looking and reading etc, I started thinking about, why dont I build my own nano tank to the specifications I want? Like 18x10x8 or 12x12x12 or heck even like 24x24x10? endless possibility.
From what I have found 1/4" glass is sufficient for tanks 12" high or less. my question is at what point does bracing come into play? I am assuming that anything under 12" tall wont need any additional bracing?
I know the height limitations, as far as thickness, I am just wondering how do you know when to use cross bracing and your probably right has to do with length/ thickness, just wonder if there is like a calculator for it.
i'm planning on building my next tank with 1/4" glass. I did some research and seems like people have made up to 55gal tanks with 1/4" glass and no reinforcements/additional bracing.
so 1/4" glass and making a tank 20gal or less as your first tank should be fine. i'm planning on making a 20gal long as y next project.
search "diy rimless tank" on google. i found step by step instructions along with detailed vids.
I've read people buy an ordinary 10gal tank from petco/petsmart and just take the black trimming off and they never had a problem.
55 gallon with 1/4 inch? thats scary... Well thats all dependent on height. Yea was reading through quite a few articles just none really seemed to comment on when cross bracing was or wasn't needed, but I feel safe as well that for nano purposes no worries.
Mentioned in another thread that a local glass shop can get high clarity glass locally for about 15 bucks per square foot.
This is an interesting thread. I have been toying with the idea of a small planted tank. I have been reading about Iwagumi and the ADA book from Amano and these styles are just amazing but the tanks that ADA sells are out of reach for me so building one is an interesting option I hadn't considered before. I will certainly subscribe to this thread to see how your project progresses.