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6ft Tank Glass thickness

puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
edited March 2014 in Equipment
Hi I am looking to upgrade from my 3ft to a 6ft tank. The sizes I am looking at are 72"x18"x24" (520L) and a 72"x18"20" (430L).

Now the larger tank is going to be made in 10mm glass however it's getting quite expensive for me $460 just the tank. The smaller one will only be made in 6mm glass and that would cost me $299.

Now the concern I have is 6mm glass strong enough for that size? Is it common to only be made in that thickness? Just seems odd to me.

Advice? Thoughts?

Comments

  • Heintz.GHeintz.G Moderator Posts: 1,363
    Hi puma,

    I think you need to fix the dimensions of the tanks ;)

    10mm is pretty much standard for 6' tanks, 6mm I'd stay well away from.
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  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    ooops :\">

    All done.

    Ok no worries well I guess thats why they are a lot cheaper then I wonder if they are prone to breaking.
  • MoooMooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    edited March 2014
    Don't go there ....My 5 foot 6mm was scary enough :/
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  • DougDoug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    Yeah, the only way a 6ft will be half passable in 6mm is with a double base on it and a lot of top bracings. looks a bit poor really.

    Go to the 10mm
  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    edited March 2014
    Oh damm I had my eye on a good second hand one with a heap of gear going cheap. :((

    I take it you had a bad experience Moo? I guess I don't want 400L and a 1000 bucks worth of fish on the floor.

    Thanks for the advice I'll steer clear then. I don't get how they can keep making them if they are a bit shaky. This guy in QLD on monster fish keepers seems to make them him self and swears by them the thread is huge bit back and forth though.

    http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?139898-Glass-Thickness-Guide
  • Heintz.GHeintz.G Moderator Posts: 1,363
    Hey puma, that guy makes tanks for this company not bad stuff, but they don't polish the edges so you have to be carful not to cut yourself.

    http://www.aquariumsrus.com.au/

    Now if you are rich, this is a real tank builder up here.

    http://www.marysaquarium.com.au/

    Their Facebook page dream and drool.

    https://www.facebook.com/marysaquarium
    Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes & dreams.
  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    Thanks Heintz

    I'm actually not in Brissy I am in Canberra just been reading around about thickness and what not. Yeah not a fan of un polished edges having them beveled or polished is a must!

    Well thats that I guess I will be looking into a 10mm tank I want it to be secure I suppose if I am going to do it I might as well do it once and do it wright.

    Soooooo anyone selling a 6ft in 10mm somewhere close to Canberra? I am happy to travel and pick it up if it's not too far :)
  • MoooMooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    I had a real bad experience mate :/
    I was spose to be going on a Dolphin boat that day, woke up to find half a tank on the floor carpet all squishy :/ not good oh did I mention I had the hangover from hell also :/ We had friends up from Melbourne and I should not drink lol & haven't since been 4 years I think lol

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  • FraykFrayk Member Posts: 1,009
    Puma ol m8, you said: too late! in your March 11 post, assuming you already have the tank, put it outside as a terrapin tank (half full) or for frogs? Cheers :P
  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    Oh crap moo that crazy! 10mm min it is then!

    Hi Frayk na I don't have the tank yet that comment was referring to my first post. I made a typo and had the same measurements for both tank sizes.

    I just picked up a 2.5ft tank and canister filter for $50 so I have set that up to split the fish up a little until I can save up for the biggen.
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