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Aquarium Glass
« on: August 09, 2011, 02:01:29 PM »

Hi Friends,

I am planning to buy a new aquarium of 48 Inc length * 24 Inc width * 24 Inch Height, were i wish to keep all the goldfish. i am using 10 mm class

Now my question is which class to be used, temper/toughen glass i heard is 5 time stronger then normal class, but it break into million piece when it hit hard. some people also say as there is lot of water pressure from inside, any big movement like fish hitting it will effect in breaking.

or is ok to go with normal glass.

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Re: Aquarium Glass
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011, 02:30:10 PM »

I don't think it really matters which glass you use. Just get a tank that doesn't say you can't fill with water.
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Re: Aquarium Glass
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011, 03:21:11 AM »

Yeah, normal glass is fine! You only need to make sure it's pretty thick even for smaller tanks when you're making it at home. A steel frame might be needed as well.
I have a book that mentions how to build a tank and how thick glass to use depending on the dimensions, it's called "The Complete Aquarium Guide".
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Re: Aquarium Glass
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2011, 12:01:20 PM »

Don't worry about tempered glass "breaking into a million pieces". That stuff is very hard.

When I worked at Petsmart we would have destroy tanks if they came back with a leak or crack. Too expensive to ship them back.
We would take them out back and toss them in the dumpster and then shatter them so that people couldn't take them out to try rebuilding them. We would usually use cans of expired dog food like baseballs to break them. (The things you do when you are young). I have seen full cans of dog food, the big ones, bounce off of tempered glass 55 gallon tanks like a wiffle ball. Now granted, if you hit it just right you get that complete shattered web of glass effect, but for the most part they are very hard to break. Even with regular glass, if it cracks, the water pressure is going to push all the water out anyway.
Downfall to tempered, you can't drill it.
The book that Nossie recommended would be a very good reference. As long as you have the proper thickness and type of glass you biggest concern will be the seams. I had a 90 gallon saltwater tank start to come unglued on me once. You could see the silicon giving way and streams of water starting to shoot out. Very scary.
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