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need advice on a custom tank build ASAP

well i am trying to build a custom size tank and i have used a aquarium tank thickness calculator and it says i need a 1/4" thick glass


the tank size for the build is 40"L x 10.5"W x 12.5"H and it will be from a 1/4" thick glass, approximately 23 U.S. Gallon.


so my question is does it have to be 1/4" thick glass or will 1/8" thick glass works fine?


2nd question is do i need a brace for this long of a tank? or is it ok without one if i stick with a 1/8" thick glass or do you recommand a 1/4" thick glass or it doesnt matter cause you'll need a brace for this long of a tank anyways?

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I'd consult the thickness calculator. I'd trust the calculator more than my pocketbook, which is really stingy. It can't see beyond the initial purchase price and the impending glass breakage which would damage the hardwood floor and soak the furniture. Then it's going to bitch about how much it's going to cost to fix it. Stupid, short-sighted, cheap-ass pocketbook.
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Yeah...I'd go with the 1/4 inch glass, to be safe.
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+1 on being safe with 1/4

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Can never tell if these are troll threads or not. If it says 1/4", use 1/4".


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So I decided to go with a 1/4 thick anyways just a few cents more but better safe then sorry.


So my other question is do I need a brace for this long of a tank with the thickness of 1/4?
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I'd consult the thickness calculator. I'd trust the calculator more than my pocketbook, which is really stingy. It can't see beyond the initial purchase price and the impending glass breakage which would damage the hardwood floor and soak the furniture. Then it's going to bitch about how much it's going to cost to fix it. Stupid, short-sighted, cheap-ass pocketbook.
Bhahahhaha...right on!
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I believe all of those calculators are based on no braces being used. You could make the tank, slowly fill it with water to check how much deflection you get, and add a center brace if it seems excessive.

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Once the tank is done.I'll post an.image of how it looks but the tank.won't.be.filled all the way up but.most of the thing are sand and rocks in the tank.so.could this also.play a roll in the pressure with water rather then just a tank filled with only water?
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Once the tank is done.I'll post an.image of how it looks but the tank.won't.be.filled all the way up but.most of the thing are sand and rocks in the tank.so.could this also.play a roll in the pressure with water rather then just a tank filled with only water?
No, as long as the sand and rocks aren't sealed off so the water doesn't fill in all the air spaces, the pressure is the same with or without the sand and rocks.

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I have a 38g tall aquarium that is 1/4" thick and 18" tall and its not bowing.


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