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Gymrat76

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Got a question for you fish hobbyist. I'm looking to buy a 4ft tank (probably 4x1.5x1.5 feet) and am concerned about how thick the glass should be. Most of the 4ft tanks I see on Yahoo auction and so on are 5mm thick, but the guy at the fish shop near my place has told me that MINIMUM for a 4ft tank should be 6mm, else I'll risk rupturing the tank one fine day. Other places have said that it ranges between 6-10mm! :bigeyes:

I intend to keep an Oscar fish, with some other smaller fishes in this tank, and to put a sand/gravel bed with some driftwood and rocks as well. Just wanna know what thickness of tank I should get! TIA :)

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Gymrat76 said:
Got a question for you fish hobbyist. I'm looking to buy a 4ft tank (probably 4x1.5x1.5 feet) and am concerned about how thick the glass should be. Most of the 4ft tanks I see on Yahoo auction and so on are 5mm thick, but the guy at the fish shop near my place has told me that MINIMUM for a 4ft tank should be 6mm, else I'll risk rupturing the tank one fine day. Other places have said that it ranges between 6-10mm! :bigeyes:

I intend to keep an Oscar fish, with some other smaller fishes in this tank, and to put a sand/gravel bed with some driftwood and rocks as well. Just wanna know what thickness of tank I should get! TIA :)

GYR
4ft better to go 10mm and no less than 8mm. And do not use tempered glass. Suggest you visit some local aquatic forums to check out the fellow hobbyists:

AquaticQuotient - www.aquaticquotient.com - specialist in planted aquarium
PetFrd - www.petfrd.com - focus on cichlids and other fish-related subjects
 

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Wah, at least 8mm! BTW, how much would a 4x1.5x1.5 @8mm thick aquarium cost me? And where would be a good place to buy? Thanks for the links, will check it out...

Just curious why there are so many 4ft, 5mm tanks out there then :think:
 

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Wah, at least 8mm! BTW, how much would a 4x1.5x1.5 @8mm thick aquarium cost me? And where would be a good place to buy? Thanks for the links, will check it out...

Just curious why there are so many 4ft, 5mm tanks out there then :think:
you can check out Nature Aquarium opposite Thomson Medical Centre. They have a range of good and well-constructed tanks. My advise, if you're going to enjoy your hobby do not scrimp on the basic necessities and their quality.

5mm tanks regardless of size, is a timebomb waiting to go. how do you like 50 gallons of fishy water on your living room floor? that's what happened to a colleague (it was only 2ft tank) when a lightning strike very close-by generated enough vibration to shatter the glass!
 

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Hmmm, guess you're right. Wouldn't want 200+L of water sloshing around my HDB flat :bsmilie:

Actually had it happen years ago. We had a giant gurami in a 6ft tank. One morning we heard a loud crash and rushed downstairs to find the entire downstairs like a swimming pool. Good thing the 6x4ft carpet absorbed up a lot of water, otherwise it would have been worse ;)

Thanks again for the links and the shop. BTW, what about the shop in Block 328 Clementi Ave 2? Heard quite famous also?
 

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Gymrat76 said:
Hmmm, guess you're right. Wouldn't want 200+L of water sloshing around my HDB flat :bsmilie:

Actually had it happen years ago. We had a giant gurami in a 6ft tank. One morning we heard a loud crash and rushed downstairs to find the entire downstairs like a swimming pool. Good thing the 6x4ft carpet absorbed up a lot of water, otherwise it would have been worse ;)

Thanks again for the links and the shop. BTW, what about the shop in Block 328 Clementi Ave 2? Heard quite famous also?
ya, I agree with choy. you really don't really save and risk creating more problems. Some LFS do build tank with thinner side glass and a thicker glass at the bottom. Whichever is the case, you should get a thicker tank because you are going to load it with a gravel base. C328 aka clementi blk 328, Clementi Florist and Aquarium is a good place to start your search, including NA which choy pointed out as well
 

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Gymrat76 said:
Hmmm, guess you're right. Wouldn't want 200+L of water sloshing around my HDB flat :bsmilie:

Actually had it happen years ago. We had a giant gurami in a 6ft tank. One morning we heard a loud crash and rushed downstairs to find the entire downstairs like a swimming pool. Good thing the 6x4ft carpet absorbed up a lot of water, otherwise it would have been worse ;)

Thanks again for the links and the shop. BTW, what about the shop in Block 328 Clementi Ave 2? Heard quite famous also?
For quality tank I would go with Nature Aquarium. If you have $$ to burn and try Systems and Control Engineering at Boon Keng Road (opposite the Singh temple) which carries the Bioplast range. Very high quality and very high price.
 

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Thank guys,

Choy, can you give me an estimate of how much a "quality" 4ft tank would cost? Thanks :D

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I think a 4×2×2 with cabinet and wooden top cover and lights (I think so) would be around $500? best to pay a visit to NA and check out the merchandise.

Clementi 328 is OK but them have a very broad range.
 

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Thanks, think I'll try the Clementi place as its nearer. $500+ for the tank, not yet count in the Eheim ProII 2026 filter i wanna get.. think I go buy my SB-800 first :bsmilie:

GYR
 

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