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post #1 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I am going to be buying a new aquarium as I would like to keep tropical fish, I seen this aquarium (see link below) but the glass is only 8mm thick and the tank being 330 litre, is this aquarium safe ?
I used an online DIY aquarium calculator to see what the glass thickness should be, it says 8mm is unsafe ???
I looked at some of the well known named aquariams Juwel and aqua one and some of their big tanks 300 litre plus have only 8mm glass, soI am very confused about the tank linked below, and I really like the look of this tank and the price as well!
Any advice and help from you guys will be greatly appreciated!!

Cabinet Fish Tank Aquarium - 330 Litres - 120cm / 4ft - 4 Four Colours - Cabinet Aquarium Fish Tanks - Fish Tanks - All Pond Solutions
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 01:21 PM
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They call it safety glass, which I assume is acrylic which is stronger then glass and requires a different calculator.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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So do you think the tank is a good one ? I will use an external filter, which I have already
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 03:15 PM
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Can't say about the quality but it looks really nice, its also got a built in top filter, it looks like this tank is designed for a FOWLR setup.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 03:26 PM
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hi
i think it looks really nice.
are you going to use the external filter along side the filter the tank has ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 1400 litre an hour external, I am planning to just use that, but I'll check out the built in one
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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I want to use the tank as a planted tropical tank, I am guessing the FOWLR stands for fish only with live rock ?? (GOOGLED THIS)
Do you think this tank is good for that ?
I have never set up a tank of any kind before, I have learned from reading articles on the net that things should be taken slowly, I really like the look of that plant that grows like grass over the bottom, do you have experience and advice for a good planted tank, will I need a c02 system ?
Thanks very much for what you have said up till now, I feel much more confident getting this tank. Cheers
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 06:30 PM
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FOWLR is a salt water setup, your looking at a fresh water setup if you want live plants, the tank will do fine as a fresh water setup, it just might have a few extras you wont use. Head over to the plant section of the forum and read the 4 posts by byron at the top to get a good primer into getting into planted aquariums. If you need co2 all depends on how much time money and effort you want to put into this tank to get the desired results, but probably 90% of people with live plants don't run co2.
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 06:53 PM
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Zof kind of beat me to it, but I'll go ahead and link some of the articles that would be great to read if you're just starting out. The most appropriate would be cycling your tank.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

And then of course Byron's articles for the planted aquarium. If you ever have doubts about how nice a non-CO2 tank can look, just look through Byron's tanks. They are all stunning with great looking plants. I'll link the first of the four articles

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34861/
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-06-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much, some excellent reading there, hopefully in the future I will be able to post some photos when I have it set up.
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