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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Paludarium v aquarium tanks construction

I picked up a 150 gal a while back, wasn't in the condition I was hoping for but good enough for the kids python so I traded his (I think) 45 for it. She is much happier.

Went and picked up the 45 from the boy today and it is a reptile tank and it has a tag that states 'do not fill with water' - similar to 'do not drill' on tempered stuff. Why? it is 3/16 glass and even not tempered should be strong enough? I can reseal if needed but not sure why I can't put water in it?

I also got a free 55 the other day but the framing is cracked in a few places so I had planned on the 55 for the paludarium but the 45 was going to be an angel tank. I might end up with two paludariums...

Anywho - thoughts on the reptile 45?
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Listen to the manufacturer who designed it.. Chances are either the glass is too thin and or not well braced..
http://www.turtleforum.com/forum/upl...to-hold-water/


"do not drill on tempered glass" because the tempering process puts in under compression and tension ..
If the surface layer is broken the glass basically implodes/explodes into small pieces..
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Tempered Glass Breakage

When tempered glass breaks, the energy retained in the glass due to internal tension/compression releases explosively and produces a glass breakage pattern sometimes called “cubes”.
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Yeah was in the glass biz for a decade so know about the differences. That said I filled up in the driveway and noticeable bow in the front so it appears to be a frame strength issue.

Either way, I've built a stand for it so something is going in it....
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You could euro brace it..

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