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I had several nice sheets of glass lying around so i decided to buy some silicone and build another aquarium. Dimensions are 31" L x 10" W x 10" H, quarter inch thickness glass. Now back to the title, "Do I absolutely need a brace for this type of aquarium?" I have tested it for a day with 75% water and it was fine. I will test it some more with full water. But I would really like to know if this is a safety risk/hazard when setup for long periods of time.
 

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I had several nice sheets of glass lying around so i decided to buy some silicone and build another aquarium. Dimensions are 31" L x 10" W x 10" H, quarter inch thickness glass. Now back to the title, "Do I absolutely need a brace for this type of aquarium?" I have tested it for a day with 75% water and it was fine. I will test it some more with full water. But I would really like to know if this is a safety risk/hazard when setup for long periods of time.
Just as everyone has mentioned. Nope, you will not need a brace for these dimensions. I've built a 22 gallon long aquarium ( 36" x 12" x 12" ) with no brace. Assembled it around August of 2019 and its still good to this day. As long as there is a glass safety factor of 4, you should be good.
 
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