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Question Stream Tank Build - Inspired by Panta Rhei Flow-to-Go Tank

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I'm planning to build a stream tank inspired by pantha Rhei Flow to go tank.

Was thinking to build this out of glass. Is 12mm/1.2cm/0.4724 inches thick enough?

if i were to replace it with Acrylic, do i need to increase the thickness?

since this is going to be a 10 footer tank, is euro brace complusary regardless if its made out of glass or acrylic?

For the bottom part of the tank, 2 braces are there to hold the weight of the stones/DW/Sand, is it sufficient?

sorry for the tons of questions, as I'm new to tank building.
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Am I right in understanding that the grey part in your drawing where you will be placing all of your rocks/sand etc is a solid piece of glass siliconed in place that runs almost the entire length of the aquarium 10cm up from the true bottom of the aquarium? If so that is a massive brace. At that point you are basically building an aquarium only 20cm deep and 10 feet long. There are aquarium thickness calculators out there that will tell you have a safety factor in the 90s which is crazy high. Check them out for yourself and see but I would say no, you don't need a brace at that point.
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The sand and rocks will be placed on the upper glass piece. I'm wondering since the upper glass will be just "floating" (secured just on the side wall) and not resting on the tank cabinet, will it warp or break if there is no support brace?
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That glass if siliconed to either long side of the piece is a brace. It doesn't need to rest on the bottom to brace both sides. Are you building this yourself or are you having someone else make it for you?
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Thanks for the reply.

If I'm getting you right, the bottom brace is definitely required as the "floating" glass needs to rest on a brace, which can be either at the side or at the middle.

The "floating" glass cannot be silicone directly to the front and back glass piece without any brace.

The plan is to DIY, but if its too complicated, might just get someone to custom build it.
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