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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Looking to build or have a custom aquarium made, I'm thinking i want either a 6'x1'x1' or 6'x2'x1' aquarium (LxWxH). With either of these sizes, does anyone know if there's specific bracing i would have to add? This tank would be set up in an apartment so I can't risk it breaking.

Any links or guides to building long custom aquariums would be welcomed for sure.

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Looking to build or have a custom aquarium made, I'm thinking i want either a 6'x1'x1' or 6'x2'x1' aquarium (LxWxH). With either of these sizes, does anyone know if there's specific bracing i would have to add? This tank would be set up in an apartment so I can't risk it breaking.

Any links or guides to building long custom aquariums would be welcomed for sure.

Thanks in advanced

I have a plan for the tank, I know it seems a weird size.
Eventually I'll start a journal for it.
There are websites with calculators for glass thicknesses. Seems like I saw a link on here somewhere.

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You're biggest trouble with that is the total pressure on a single pane of glass. Just looking at it from an engineering perspective. The farther apart the "corners" the greater the amount of pressure against the pane of glass. Your trouble won't primarily be the necessary thickness so much as bracing. You really can't have a tank that long without multiple braces in my opinion.
There are a few threads on here about DIY tanks, and the primary thing I've taken from skimming them is that you need very high quality silicone, not something you would get at Home Depot/Lowes most likely.
If you could be liable for thousands of dollars of damage in your apartment, it seems worth it to work with a custom tank building company if there are any local ones. That way if something fails, you can blame their own workmanship. Not that I like to point the finger, but when you're talking about 50+ gallons of water suddenly coming loose in an apartment... better safe than sorry.

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There are websites with calculators for glass thicknesses. Seems like I saw a link on here somewhere.

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Yeah ive found a few sites for thickness

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You're biggest trouble with that is the total pressure on a single pane of glass. Just looking at it from an engineering perspective. The farther apart the "corners" the greater the amount of pressure against the pane of glass. Your trouble won't primarily be the necessary thickness so much as bracing. You really can't have a tank that long without multiple braces in my opinion.
There are a few threads on here about DIY tanks, and the primary thing I've taken from skimming them is that you need very high quality silicone, not something you would get at Home Depot/Lowes most likely.
If you could be liable for thousands of dollars of damage in your apartment, it seems worth it to work with a custom tank building company if there are any local ones. That way if something fails, you can blame their own workmanship. Not that I like to point the finger, but when you're talking about 50+ gallons of water suddenly coming loose in an apartment... better safe than sorry.
Thats about what i've come to find also, braces would be required but i have noticed that saltwater frag tanks do something similar without any braces. Which i may actually just get a frag tank now that i think about it, i really just want a shallow tank. Found quite a bit of cool scapes that have inspired me with shallow tanks.

If i get someone to make the tank for me ill probably look at glasscages.com which someone recommended to me already, unless someone else has another good recommendation.
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The site that I used to build my aquarium.


http://www.garf.org/tank/buildtank.asp


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