Will this tank need bracing?

pinchez

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I’ve got an old sump which is 80 x 50 x 40 cm’s High, base glass is 10mm and sides are 6mm and the glass is in excellent condition.

I’m thinking of removing the baffles then re-sealing and turning it into an All in One Tank by adding a chamber at one end like the Evo Tanks (done this before)

the big question is will it be ok braceless? I really don’t like bracing on tanks!
 

Nick potts

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Most tanks of that height are generally in 8mm or thicker glass.

The cheap all ponds solution tank is roughly the same dimensions and in 8mm, I would guess they use the thinnest/cheapest they can get away with to keep costs down.

But I'll let someone with experience in this answer better :)
 

mort

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I agree with Nick. I don't think a 40cm 6mm high is the problem but it's a fairly wide and long tank for only 6mm and I think you will see bowing. This is why clearseal used to put thin glass strips along the length of their tanks for more stability.
 

pinchez

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Cheers chaps, I’ve gave up with this idea and decided to get my LFS to build me a tank.

Custom tank will be 90L x 50w x 40h braceless using 10mm float glass. at a volume of 180L.

I’ve looked at the tank safety calculator and because it’s not a high tank it gives it a very safe score, unless someone knows different?
 

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