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Hey I tried using the search feature to find answers but kept bring me to unrelated things so I started a topic, I'm thinking about building a (L譎譝) 48󭅅2 by inch thick tank and I'm wondering if I can go trimless with these dimensions? All help is appreciated
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Not sure if you are planning on doing an acrylic or glass build. According to the calculators I have seen, you should be safe with either. I would recommend a center brace to really beef it up. No such thing as overbuilt when you are talking about living things.

Here are a few calculators:

https://www.thesprucepets.com/design...uarium-2924666

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

Hope these help.
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Yeah sorry forgot to include that i was going to use Starphire glass also I read conflicting opinions on wether to use tempered or not
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Yeah sorry forgot to include that i was going to use Starphire glass also I read conflicting opinions on wether to use tempered or not
I would stay away from tempered glass. It is very brittle and you will be unable to cut, drill, polish, or change it in any way. What you get is what you get. Having custom panels made for your build would be extremely expensive as well.
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Yeah that's what I read and other said it was way stronger I also found a 20 gallon long on Kijiji for $100 dollars with a nice light and everything else have you ever beveled/ polished your own edges?
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Yeah that's what I read and other said it was way stronger I also found a 20 gallon long on Kijiji for $100 dollars with a nice light and everything else have you ever beveled/ polished your own edges?
Beveling and polishing can only be done before the tempering process. Float glass can be beveled and polished as long as you use the right equipment and lots of water. My brother is a granite kitchen contractor so I get to play with his tools sometimes. The diamond pads used in that industry work perfectly on glass. Beveling is very difficult though. Maintaining the exact angle and cutting depth is really hard without complex jigs. Sanding to soften sharp edges and polishing is easier to do. Not easy, but easier.
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