Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Where the devil went down to!
New tank build idea
Ok i am in the process of wanting to build my own plywood tank, it will be a paludarium with a water height of 15". What i need help with is glass thickness. i want this to be a clean looking tank so no braces, I know what most of you may think but i have seen it done. the tank dems are 96"L x 42"W x 17" high for the tank its self, most of the calculations that i have had on aquatools with a safety factor of 7 says i can get by with 3/8" glass for that size tank. I used the higher safety factor because it will be a brace-less tank so i needed to account for it. Garf tank builder doesn't account for brace-less tanks so they say 1/4" and i know i need thicker for what i am trying to do. my question is do you think 3/8" glass is ok for that span or should i up to 1/2". I mean most manufacture tanks only have a safety value of 3. so if i do a safety factor of 9 it will bump it up to 1/2" glass. but i am also looking at cost with safety,
How ever if i drop the water level down to a foot, 3/8" will definitely be sufficient, how ever if i wanted larger fish such as firemouth cichlids or ghost knife fish or Jack dempsey, what ever the case (just throwing them as examples), the 15" water level would be what they need minimum, i doubt any of those fish could handle a foot of water, except the fire mouth might be ok, sorry rambling a lot, what do you guys think?
anyway i have no problems doing a foot of water, with smaller fish, I have no problem putting my GBR's in the tank with a foot of water, and a lot of floor space. anyway, let me know your opinions and advise, thanks for the help in advance.