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Home built glass aquarium - how thick should the glass be?

I am about to build an all-glass aquarium, the glass edge-joined with silicon. I have seen it done a number of times and am confident I am able to do it. The finished tank size will be 150cm long, 60cm tall and 50cm deep. I intend to brace the front and back as well as the two sides and also put two cross braces running front to back at the top of the tank at 50cm and 100cm intervals. Does anybody know how I should calculate the glass thickness or, alternatively, does anyone out there have a tank of a similar size they could tell me what the dimensions of theirs is.Thanks

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Rule of thumb: Up to 20" (51cm) high - 6mm Up to 24" (61cm) high - 10mm Up to 30" (77cm) high - 12mm If the tank is wider than it is tall, one size up should be used for the base (e.g. 60x30x24" (lxwxh) should use 10mm with 12mm base). For your aquarium, the height is greater than the depth so 10mm all round is fine. Standard 5x2x2' aquariums (153x61x61cm) are built with 10mm glass and most use 2 braces in similar positions to what you are going to have.
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