I am torn between an Evolve 8 and a 10 gallon tank.
I love the Evolve 8 design which to my mind is near perfect, but I have been told it is not 8 gallons. In fact, the display area is only 4.9 gallons.
So I went to check out a 10 gallon. But the thickness of the glass is 1/8th in. I intend to put heavy sand only substrate in the tank. Yet, most stands have no bottom, but only the glass holding the weight.
I am an engineer. That makes no sense. I can do pressure equations; and a flat surface holding weight is NOT GOOD.
Don't tell me only the edges support the weight. The flat bottom also has to hold that pressure.
1) Is 1/8th" good for a 10 gallon tank with 2" inches of sand and some slate?
2) If I find a stand with a bottom, can I put a small thickness foam padding underneath it?
D*mn! I really like the Evolve 8, but with a display volume of only 4.9 Gallons ....
And I want some cardinal tetras and scarlet badis. (Dario Dario)
According to AqAdvisor (which is not accurate) an Evolve 8 (enter the dimensions) is not even sufficient for scarlet badis.
The thing I like about the Evolve 8, and the Fluval Spec is their built in filter - but the Fluval Spec leaks, and the Evolve 8 is too small.
Such a great idea though