fraggle

02-11-2008, 02:34 AM

Hi!

I'm after some advice on building a BIG tank. Figure if I'm going to do it, might as well go the whle hog.

I want it to be 300cm x 100cm x 70cm.

I've been trying to figure out the glass sizes, because I'll have to make allowances for the glass size in getting the glass cut.

I think that I"ll need 12mm (.47") or 15mm (.59"), but not sure probably the 15mm to be safer.

I've been doing a bit of research on it, and read that the braces on the sides need to be 90% of the length long and 5% of the length wide, and the cross braces should divide the tank into squares and be twice the width of the long longbraces, so figure that if I put 2 cross braces in that should divide it into 3 x 1m squares.

So if I've got my calculations right (and somebody please tell me if I haven't!thumbs2: )

Sides x 2 - 300cm x 70cm

Ends x 2 - 97cm x 70cm

Base x 1 - 297cm x 97cm

Long Longbrace x 2 - 270cm x 15cm (90% 300 x 5% 300)

Short Longbraces x 2 - 90cm x 5cm (90% 100 x 5% 100)

Cross Braces x 2 - 30cm x 99.5cm (got to leave a bit apparently for the silicone)

Sorry about the metric to all you still using imperial, but you need to catch up with the times! LOL My brain can't think in inches, if I tried that it would never work!

Going to have go at it myself (or with my father in laws help probably since he's a qualified glazier!) as I rang a couple of tank building places and it's going to cost about $5800!!!!!!!

Just got to ring some local glass places and see how much the glass will cost!

Any help or ideas (or if you think I've got a few roos loose in the top paddock!) let me know!

Cheers

I'm after some advice on building a BIG tank. Figure if I'm going to do it, might as well go the whle hog.

I want it to be 300cm x 100cm x 70cm.

I've been trying to figure out the glass sizes, because I'll have to make allowances for the glass size in getting the glass cut.

I think that I"ll need 12mm (.47") or 15mm (.59"), but not sure probably the 15mm to be safer.

I've been doing a bit of research on it, and read that the braces on the sides need to be 90% of the length long and 5% of the length wide, and the cross braces should divide the tank into squares and be twice the width of the long longbraces, so figure that if I put 2 cross braces in that should divide it into 3 x 1m squares.

So if I've got my calculations right (and somebody please tell me if I haven't!thumbs2: )

Sides x 2 - 300cm x 70cm

Ends x 2 - 97cm x 70cm

Base x 1 - 297cm x 97cm

Long Longbrace x 2 - 270cm x 15cm (90% 300 x 5% 300)

Short Longbraces x 2 - 90cm x 5cm (90% 100 x 5% 100)

Cross Braces x 2 - 30cm x 99.5cm (got to leave a bit apparently for the silicone)

Sorry about the metric to all you still using imperial, but you need to catch up with the times! LOL My brain can't think in inches, if I tried that it would never work!

Going to have go at it myself (or with my father in laws help probably since he's a qualified glazier!) as I rang a couple of tank building places and it's going to cost about $5800!!!!!!!

Just got to ring some local glass places and see how much the glass will cost!

Any help or ideas (or if you think I've got a few roos loose in the top paddock!) let me know!

Cheers