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    2000 Gallons Tank Project

    I'm in the process of building my new house and I'm going to build a +- 2000 gal concrete tank with 3 glass panel. The tank dimensions are 20' long x 5' wide x 31" high. The glass panels would be about 32" high and all of them have reinforce concrete/steel frames on all 4 sides

    My question is how thick of a glass panel do I need to use ??
    any input is much appreciated

    heres a simple illustration of what the tank construction looks like
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    Is there a reason you are not planning on using acryllic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by armthehomeless View Post
    Is there a reason you are not planning on using acryllic?
    price and availability in a 3rd world country I'm living in ??
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    I would try to get..acrylic is better bet with tht size aquarium...I would be to scarred to lol thts just me tho

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    okay i might just have to look into that options too i guess, so how thick of an Acrylic panel will I need ?
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    id say 1.5-2" thick panels for acrylic, for glass id say maybe 2.5-3" thick panles, tempered if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h0nkzz View Post
    price and availability in a 3rd world country I'm living in ??
    Fair enough!

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    The pressure at the bottom is only going to be about 1.3 PSI or 187 pounds per square foot at the bottom of the panel. The average pressure will be half that, but multiplied over all that surface area there will be a huge amount of force on the large panel. Maybe you could reconsider breaking the long panel into three sections 4' wide and you could use much thinner material. As for how thick the glass actually needs to be, you should probably talk to a glass supplier or a structural engineer.
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    Doing small viewing panels is definately out of the question. This is goin to be a showpiece in my family room so i want that single huge window.
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    Well, according to this calculator:
    http://www.theaquatools.com/building-your-aquarium
    1" should be thick enough 1.25" should be fairly well kid safe
    A safety factor of 4 allows for people to slam their fist against the glass. Still, even with very thick glass an accidental shock with a sharp metal edge and it could shatter. 2000 gallons of water gushing into the living room might knock an outside, supporting wall down. I'd talk to an engineer before deciding on anything. I think you should probably talk with your insurance company as well, just in case of the unspeakable. :-O
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    20g - 1 yellow Glowfish, 1 long-fin Danio and 3 Cherry Barbs
    37g - 3 Zebra Danios, 5 Red Serpae Tetras, Dwarf Flame Gourami and Red Tail Shark
    10g - single male Betta (daughters responsibility)
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    10g - mosquitofish tank awaiting rebuild
    20g - heavily fake planted housing 8 Dwarf Gourami RIP Blue, Flame and unnamed
    20g - empty tank with beautiful black Tahitian moon sand
    10g - hospital sterilized and dry :-)
    5.5g - fry tank with mosquitofish born 1 Mar 2012

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