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Old 10-29-2012, 03:19 AM   #1
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So I bought what I think is a 45 gallon tank, but I JUST measured the thickness of the glass, and It's 3/16 inch, plus the trim is plastic made to look like wood. And then there is the support brace, there is a glass one 8 inches long on the top of the tank, but nothing on the bottom to help with the weight. Is this ok, or is this a terrarium?!?
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For a 45 gallon tank, with a factor of safety of 2.5, the glass ought to be 1/4" thick.

Plastic trim that looks like wood is normal. The glass brace, not so much. I think that may be a terrarium. I have never had a 45, so someone might have a different opinion, but to me, you would want 1/4" glass on a tank that size.
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Ok, so much for 3/16 in. glass, I remeasured and the glass is a 1/4 inch on the sides, and just a HAIR under 1/4 inch on the front and back, so do anyone no how I can improvise a support for the bottom of the tank? It doesn't have a bottom brace on the bottom, but its a tempered glass 45 gallon tank.
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I don't think you need a brace for the bottom. It ought to be fine if it is 1/4" glass.

If it is a used tank, you may want to water check it outside in case something goes horribly wrong.
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I think I'd prefer to have a brace, just to be safe. It's the dimensions of a standard 55 gallon tank, but just two inches shorter. So I think it'll need a brace. How should I improvise?
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I've never seen a bottom tank brace. When they are braced, they are braced at the top.
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Uhh, I thought all tank more than 35 had one between the bottom glass and the stand in the middle on bottom.
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Uhh, I thought all rants more than 35 had one between the bottom glass and the stand in the middle on bottom.
I have a 180g and there is no brace on the bottom...
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Ok, I guess it'll be ok then, but I have another 45 I'm selling and it has a braces on bottom.

But to be clear, with the exception of the edges, there is nothing under the tank.
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I think the OP is talking about the plastic trim that should be on the bottom, but isn't... Right?
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