02-03-2014, 10:05 PM
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plywood tank Help
Hey everyone. I recently decided to do a saltwater tank. and after doing tons of research, and the fact that i will probably be moving shortly, i thought Why not start to plan a Plywood tank.
I have been researching plywood tanks and saw this guy build a tank using 55g glass. I would like to do the same. I have a 55g that is in need of an upgrade. so i was thinking of doing a tank 96Lx24Wx20H. (the height is based on the glass; but the water level will only be 16" or so) I want to use both panes in the front. I know i will need a center support to apply the 2 panes together. From what i have been reading, (conflicting reports) is that it's not about the length of the tank but the height of the tank that affect the glass.
Will the top support bracing be enough to keep the tank rigid. or should i build a wall base tank to support the glass?
Also I don't care if i have to support the center of the glass vertically so it would have 3 vertical bracing 4" wide, running down the length of the tank, for glass support. Would this work to keep the glass from stressing? (i don't care if the strips block my view, it's just like any other window with a strip in it. don't bother me)
What would you recommend?