How thick should an aquarium mat be?

Barry Tetra

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Hi! Me again with another question.

So as you might already know, I bought new tank and it’s herrendous (see #6 post of this thread https://www.fishforums.net/threads/never-buy-a-very-large-glass-aquarium.471179/#post-4042973)

It comes with an aquarium mat which is 3mm thick, and I was wondering if this is okay for the tank that is 24”x12”x15” and is there any rules regarding the styrofoam and mat thickness?
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Do you need a mat? I didnt know these existed what are they for i dont have one
You need a mat for a tank that doesn’t have the black rims on the top and bottom of the tank.

The the type tank @Barry Tetra has, is called a “rim-less” tank, and does not have these rims. The rims act as a protective barrier between the stand and the bare glass.

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Hi! Me again with another question.

So as you might already know, I bought new tank and it’s herrendous (see #6 post of this thread https://www.fishforums.net/threads/never-buy-a-very-large-glass-aquarium.471179/#post-4042973)

It comes with an aquarium mat which is 3mm thick, and I was wondering if this is okay for the tank that is 24”x12”x15” and is there any rules regarding the styrofoam and mat thickness?View attachment 134738
I would say as long as the tank isn’t sitting directly on the table, it should be good.
 

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You need a mat for a tank that doesn’t have the black rims on the top and bottom of the tank.

The the type tank @Barry Tetra has, is called a “rim-less” tank, and does not have these rims. The rims act as a protective barrier between the stand and the bare glass.

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I would say as long as the tank isn’t sitting directly on the table, it should be good.
By a rim do you mean a bit sitting the glass of the table? I dont have that either
 

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Flat bottomed tanks like Barry's need something between the tank and what it's on. Even just a grain of sand trapped under the tank can cause the bottom pane to crack.
Floating bottom tanks, where the glass and/or trim project below the bottom pane, do not need a mat as the bottom pane is not in contact with whatever the tank is on.
 

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If the polystyrene is all one piece, or a few pieces the same thickness, that will do. My 180 litre tank came with a sheet of 1 inch thick polystyrene.
 

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It’s also put there to prevent scratches, and to protect the table/stand.
 

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