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Old 07-27-2007, 02:33 AM
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I'm doing anything to cut the cost of the tank I'm building, so I was wondering...

Would it be okay for a large tank (75 gallons) to have a 1/8 in. thick glass bottom? The walls would sit on the bottom, and I probably wouldnt move the tank once constructed, so what do you think?
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Too thin IMO. If you built in place, and never moved it, you might get away with it; you might not.
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My 30 gallon had a 1/8 inch thick sheet of glass for the bottom, but even then I was worried about pushing it too far. Im not an expert on glass, but Id have to say to go thicker. Then again, my vivarium was a tall one. How tall will yours be?
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:14 AM
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It would only be 15 inches tall, but 4 feet long & 2 feet deep. I'm gonna play it safe & go for thicker glass.
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I agree with everyone...better safe then sorry...you could end up spending even more money in the long run replacing a carpet or refinishing a hardwood floor when the bottom breaks out...
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I wouldn't do it. There's too much unsupported length. The issue isn't the height of the tank, it's that you've got a large area (2' x 4') that is free standing and that's supposed to support the contents of your tank. To give you an idea of what is one a 75, my AGA 75E (tempered bottom) is 1/4" thick. If it were untempered I would suspect that the bottom would be between 3/8" and 1/2".



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