90cm tank - advice

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    H folks! I'm looking to get a tank built at the following measurements, but wanted to ask your opinions as to what thickness of glass I should use? Measurements are 90cm (l) x 50cm (w) x 65cm (d). The idea would be to have the waterline at 60cm giving approx 270L volume! I want to know what's best? I was thinking 10mm glass to be on the safe side? Is that overkill? Any help is greatly appreciated! Cheers! Big G!
     
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    Rather save than sorry later on :blink1:

    10mm with a 12mm bottom ??
     
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    10mm. I have 2 tanks with similiar volume, my breeding tank is 100X50X50, 10mm all round and my Discus tank is 120X60X45 and is also 10mm all round
     
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    Yer, I thought 10mm would be about right, but I'm more concerned with extra height? I'll also have a baby around soon, so wanted to add a bit extra protection from 'little fingers'! Any other thoughts or comments welcomed! Cheers! Big G!
     
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    you could easily do it with a 10mm base and 8mm on the sides with euro bracing...

    10mm will be best and safest!
     
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    Sorry yer, I meant to mention that I was going to have euro bracing as well even if 10mm! Also, what should I expect it to cost, and how heavy would it be roughly? Thanks for your help so far folks! Keep it coming! Big G!
     
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    its going to be heavy!

    DIY... +/- R1100
     
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    Ok, I just got a qoute from a tank builder for R950 including euro bracing! And that's at 10mm! Seems good eh? Just one more tank size to ponder... I am also looking at building/getting built a few breeder tanks at an awkward size at 48(l) x 42(w) x 45(h), and was qouted for R250 for 6mm glass with 'euro' bracing! Is 6mm sufficient for this size? And is this price good? Cheers again! Big G!
     
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    Ok, quick question... Just went to builders to get qoute for the smaller tank and the price is rediculous! On closer inspection, the qoute is for 6.38mm toughened glass. My question is for the purpose of building a tank, should the glass be toughened or not? Cheers! Big G!
     
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    when you say 'toughened' do you mean it has a 'plastic' layer between two sheets of glass? If so and especially if it is for the 90cm (l) x 50cm (w) x 65cm (d) tank then NO!!! You dont use this type of glass for tank building, well people do but it is highly not advisable. You should only use float glass for building tanks. Tempered glass is also good but I've heard that the actual glass is brittle - so I'm not sure on this one...tempered glass is what they use in those curved glass tanks.
     
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    Er, ok, I'm not sure which type it is then? I would assume its the tempered, but can't be sure? The qoute for glass came to around R550 for the 48cm x 42cm x 45cm! When compared to the R250 I was offered to have one built at an LFS, something seems wrong? Can you tell me what float glass is? Is that standard glass? Is 'float' a common term for this type, so if I asked for 'float glass' at builders, should they know what I am asking for? Cheers! Big G!
     
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    float glass = standard glass...

    yep builders should know what it is though it might be easier to just ask for the thickness of glass you want...
     
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    Yer, I asked for 6mm, and that's what he gave me only toughened! I'll try find a glass dealer on monday who knows what he's on about! Wish me luck! Cheers! Big G!
     

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