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Old 10-17-2004, 01:59 PM   #1
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55 cross support broke ughhhh :-(

on one of my 55's i have a jbj lighting system that just rests on the tank ! well the other day i seen that the cross member was cracked at the front of the tank even with the frame! so i thought thats weird wonder why it started to separate like that ?!?!? mabe the heat of the lights?!?!? so i wasnt to worried cause it was still holding ect... and new bigger tank is needed anyway !! well friday i went to pull the lights off to clean and as soon as i lifted then up i hear snap and the tank shakes !! i was shocked for a sec !! i had an old hob wet dry that i was using as an additional fuge so it was full of water hanging on the back my guess about 40lbs!! heheh well to make a long story a bit shorter its been 2 days and the tanks still holding water thank god ! but from the cross member to the front of the tank i can fit my finger in between them !!heheh looks funny bowed out like that !! new tank coming today now one question ! how long could the tank hold up ya think in this condition?? my though is to use this tank as a test run and was thinking on drilling a hole half way down for a bulk head and run the tank half full as a fuge !! but keep it in the garage just in case it leaked hehehe !
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Old 10-17-2004, 03:18 PM   #2
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At the LFS that I used to work at, they had a 180 that the cross support broke on. A carpenter came with this tool that slowly pulled it back to where it should be and they glued a wide piece of plexiglass into the center. They left it clamped in place for a week and then removed the thingy that pulled it together. This was holding quite nicely the last time I saw it. Maybe you could repair your 55 in a similar manner.
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oh, one other thing, they did feel the need to drain half the water out while doing this..I asked why and they had said less stress on the glass.
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Here is a link to a discussion (FW forum, but same applies) about how to fix the center brace on a 55 http://tropicalresources.net/phpBB2/...pic.php?t=5417
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Old 11-08-2004, 12:39 PM   #5
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the tank i thought i had fell thru !! but tank still holding (fingers crossed everyday )
thanks for the links think i will try to fix it !
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