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    Brace

    Is saltwater heavier then fresh water? Ive been contenplating putting in a center brace in my tank, It use to be a freshwater tank and I had it for a few years without any issues, now the tank is 48 long 18 hight 24 deep should I add a brace a, what do you think?

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    a better option would be "euro-bracing" which is a brace that goes around the interior top of the tank. much stronger then a center brace. ( a little more work.. but well worth it ) and it will not cut the light that a center brace would.

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    euro

    Is there a proper way to do euro braceing? does the long side over lap the short side (looking down on the tank) or does it overlap all the way around? how wide of glass 2" enough? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAZE View Post
    Is saltwater heavier then fresh water?
    Depending on your salt mix it's around 2.5% heavier.

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    as for thickness, thicker better.
    on a tank like yours a nice 3" wide and 1/2" of thicker would be great.
    as for overlapping, if you can afford that kind of thickness on the sides, and it will be even stronger. ( thats what I did on my tank ) overlapped 3/4".

    my tank snapped but its entirely my fault, I slipped and fell on a corner banging with my elbow directly on the corner causing the glass to snap...oops..

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    i agree, a nice 2" - 3" wide by =/>3/8" euro bracing will work great on your 18" tall tank. i would make the long runs ( 4' ) go from end to end as this is the pane that is most likely to bow.
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    thinking back, i could have sworn you said that you installed the top brace when you replaced the front pane??

    i may be mistaken, wouldn't be the first time :b2:
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    No it never had one, I was just thinking since saltwater is a bit heavier if it needed it, I ran that tank for years without one.

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    most tanks that did not have any braces usually dont need extra bracing..
    but, nothing stopping you to make it stronger.. and would be a really smart thing to do.. not wasted cash.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
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