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    Glass Aquarium Question

    ok I'm looking at building a glass aquarium L36" x W24" x H18" been told 6mm glass will be fine if I Euro brace around the top with 6mm x 2" is this going to be ok or should I go thicker glass like 8mm, not concerned about the look of bracing, just its a huge difference in glass cost where I am in Australia only one glass shop here in my town, any info you have to offer would be great

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    Find Member named Meep. Click on any of his posts. At the bottom of the page(s), you'll find a link to glass thickness calculator....good luck with the buildClick here to enlarge

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    Peek-A-Boo... Calculator bellow...

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    Ok going to ask a dumb question, but how do you calculate euro bracing into the equation, to see if it will work for 6mm glass?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by shakey78 Click here to enlarge
    Ok going to ask a dumb question, but how do you calculate euro bracing into the equation, to see if it will work for 6mm glass?
    I have never seen a Euro brace calculator...

    The calculator in my signature is for an unbraced tank, add any kind of proper bracing and you could as a general rule drop down one standard thickness of glass at least for most generic builds...

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    Thankyou thats what i was thinking, so i understand now, i just did a bit more searching and reading, i see the light thankyou

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    Is the bottom glass really need to be thicker than the rest of the glass

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    Don't know about "really need to" but, if I were building.......it would be at least one size thicker (6.4mm sides = 8/9mm bottom)......

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    As for the bottom, if you put the tank on a fully support solid top (like 3/4" plywood) stand with a thin layer of foam (yoga mat) you could get away with the same thickness glass, but if you (and any future owner) plans to not have the tank mounted on a fully supported solid top stand then, bump the bottom thickness up...

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    I must be blind... I can't see any calculator.. Cheers Stevie B

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by StevieB Click here to enlarge
    I must be blind... I can't see any calculator.. Cheers Stevie B
    It's in my signature, if you have signatures turned off you won't see it...

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