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    So I found a decent deal on a used 50g tank and stand (it's never actually housed any water or fish, just gravel and air ) . I'm planning on picking it up tomorrow. The guy says that it's a fish tank, but is there a way that I can be 100% sure that it's not REALLY suppsed to be used for reptiles/turtles? I don't want to get home, fill it with water, and have it crack. Thanks!!!
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    A reptile tank won't crack when filled with water, it will EXPLODE

    I really would not know how to tell the difference, I would guess the glass thickness
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    You could ask him to do a leak test for you.

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    Ha, slap yes glass thickness seems like a reasonable way to tell. Not sure how to measure that tough. Or what thickness a fish tank should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarrot View Post
    Ha, slap yes glass thickness seems like a reasonable way to tell. Not sure how to measure that tough. Or what thickness a fish tank should be.
    Measure the glass on a 55 gal at your LFS - the 50 gal should have the same thickness of glass. If it's thinner, pass on the tank.
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    This is an interesting thread touching on a subject I need to study, too.

    If I remember correctly, if it's tempered glass, it can be a lot thinner than regular glass.

    I have a 55 that uses fairly thin glass, but its tempered. I don't know if they make them like that anymore, or if that's a discredited practice these days. It held water just fine for at least 20 years when I was using it.

    A leaking tank is a big mess.

    I wonder if I should use it or relegate it to terrarium use. The glass is about half as thick as the old 55s that were being made about the same time. It was the new technology at the time I bought it in the late '70s, I think.

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