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Old 11-08-2014, 06:11 AM   #1
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advice on measuring thickness of tank glass that I can't access

I am in need of some creative advice, I have a tiki tank and I think it's a terrarium but I don't know. The guy I got it from said he kept fresh water fish in it for 5 years with no issues. I know the smart thing to do is measure the thickness of the glass to see if it's an aquarium or a terrarium....but it's encased in the tiki hut and so I can't measure the thickness of the glass. Does anyone know of a way around this? I will try to post a picture in-case that helps... Thank you all in advance!
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:17 AM   #2
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i don't think my pic uploaded, let me try again.... Ok, the 3rd pic shows a seam at the bottom of the tank, this isn't a feature I'm familiar with but I thought perhaps it might mean something to someone more familiar with aquariums/terrariums.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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looks like an aquarium with a custom stand/canopy to me.
The only real test is fill it with water.
I wouldn't worry about the middle seam, it looks good.
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I filled it with water when I got it and it didn't leak, but I only had it in there for about an hour. The glass looks kind of thick to me...but I jut can't get to it to measure it to be certain. Sure would be messy if I was wrong
The only thing that makes me doubt that it is an aquarium is the fact that all the tiki style tanks I can find images for on the internet are decorated as terrariums/vivariums. I have yet to see one set up as a fish tank.
Thanks for the info on the strip at the bottom of the tank, just wasn't sure what to make of that thing.
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The add in piece on the bottom appears to be covering a joint. That seems a little unusual for a tank meant to be used as an aquarium. I have seen it before on tanks that were over 8' long, but it seems odd in a tank of that size.
If you want to get the glass thickness, measure inside, then add some blocks to a couple of straight boards or other straight edged material
that can extend around the tiki, and measure in between. Subtract the thickness of the blocks, divide by 2 and you have glass thickness
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