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Substrate vs strength of aquarium

Hi...

I have 100*40*40(cm) aquarium....
and I'm planning to put 50 kgs of silica sand on it...

my question is...can my aquarium handle the sand that much?

For your info my aqua has only 5mm width

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That's really not a lot of sand, and definitely not something to worry about.

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Mistique, your glass seems a little thin for the size
Does it have braces around the edges? If so then it should be okay
Just make sure your stand is absolutely clean and level, might help if you put a mat (sponge or rubber sheet) between the aquarium & stand.
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Mistique, your glass seems a little thin for the size
Does it have braces around the edges? If so then it should be okay
Just make sure your stand is absolutely clean and level, might help if you put a mat (sponge or rubber sheet) between the aquarium & stand.
Just have to step in. If you mean the mat should touch the bottom glass, that will only increase odds of breakage b/c of pressure points. If the tank has rims, it should only rest on those rim.
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err... it's not those kind of mats (the ones with the welcome & paw prints on it)

I was talking about a sheet of rubber/sponge sheet (similar with carpetting mat)

Been there, done that.
We had the most crooked stand (uneven surface), but it was strong (made from terrazo). We use a sheet of plywood (1cm thick) on top of the terrazo stand, 2cm sponge sheet and put the aquarium without rim on top. It lasted for years. This was back home in Indonesia - ooh, and all 13 aquariums were home-made (actually family made) I'll never able to forget the smell of aquarium glue ever!

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I'll agree with the rest of the gang. You should be fine with that much sand in your aquarium Mistique.

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Thanx for all the response

I will try using huge styrophome between aquarium and stand

I hope it will not break

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make sure the styrofoam doesn't provide TOO much support...that is, it shouldn't exert pressure back up on the glass prior to filling the tank.
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If the tank has rims (plastic runners on the top and bottom) such that the rims raise the bottom glass, I wouldnt put anything under the tank.
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