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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Building custom tank

I think I want to build me a custom tank to fit in a certain spot.
The measurements are 41x20x24.
Questions:
1. How thick of glass needed? I was thinking 1/2" but not sure.
2. How about bracing? needed ? and if so where/how? I also saw somewhere that I would also need to braces the bottom inside as well? Since this is a custom build I will not have the bottom plastic frame.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 04:10 PM
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If you brace the tank 1/2" will work for what you are looking to do. It needs to be a full euro brace however. Braces on the inside bottom certainly wouldn't hurt. This is a decent sized tank for your first build, anything that can help your success I would do. Also be sure to use a good silicone. RTV 103 or 108 would be your best bet.

I would also recommend building something smaller first and seeing how that goes.
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The bracing on the bottom would look like the Euro as well? Could I get away with 3/8" glass and still do all the bracing.
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On the bottom it is pretty much a 2" strip of glass all the way around the inside, it's purpose is just to give the silicone a bit more to grab onto.

You might be able to get away with 3/8" but it would be risky. Not only does the thicker glass prevent bowing it also makes it easier to properly attach each panel and give the silicone more strength. By having more surface area to grab onto it is less likely to let go. 1/2" is really the way to go.
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If your measurements are really on the money, it may be easier to simply build put down a panel of 3/8" glass instead of four strips on the bottom. The tank's height is the issue regarding bowing, but at 41" in length, I'm not convinced it couldn't be done with chevrons in the corners instead of full eurobracing, but I wouldn't have issues with eurobracing it.

Something to consider here is weight. 1/2" glass will make this one really heavy bugger. Aside from all the other planning, you should have extra hand around for setting the panels in place and then setting the final product in place.

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With 1/2" of surface area I would doubt you need bracing on the bottom. And a brace around the edges of the bottom would be a pain in the butt. If you don't want all the Eurobracing you could get away with a 3" wide center brace front to back. Oceanic use to do that on their tanks.

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Thanks for the input everyone, But this project just got put on the back burner. The wife may be pregnant and since this is nearly 9yrs after the last...we have nothing on hand. So my budget just got real small.

Thanks again
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Get a pro to cut the glass for you. Using a hobby glass cutter isn't going to work anything above 1/4" or at least you'll have a hard time with it.
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Thanks for the input everyone, But this project just got put on the back burner. The wife may be pregnant and since this is nearly 9yrs after the last...we have nothing on hand. So my budget just got real small.

Thanks again
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Even with the birth of my son in 09 I never got out of the hobby. Of course I only had 4 tanks and there may have been times when maintenance went a bit long but I never took them down. He's been around tanks all his 5 years and he really has been good with them. Only once did he put his cars in the bottom 45. He would sit in front of that tank for long periods just watching. I am of the opinion he's better off since I left them up.

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