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Old 07-10-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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Removing center brace

I'm going to have to remove the front center brace from my stand to get my new 20G sump into place.

I've seen people do this with no add'l support, and people build elaborate setups to hold the tank up.

The guy at the LFS told me he's removed 20+ center braces, with no supports, and never had a problem.

Anyone have direct experience doing this?
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:01 PM   #2
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I would atleast put a rough 2x4 support up!

Think of the consequesnces if it doent work........
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:25 PM   #3
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It is there for a reason...I would leave it. At the very least, contact the manufacture to see what the implications would be. Make sure it will not comprimise the structual integraty of the stand.
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:26 PM   #4
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(Its just a temporary removal, to get a bigger sump under the stand...)
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:29 PM   #5
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IF you can put it back exactly like before I see no problem with it. I would call the manufacture first, however, ifyou have any doubt
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No idea who the manufacturer is (its a petco tank).

I've got a nice solid piece of 2" x 1" oak cut precisely to fit, a few inches off center. I know from my sailboat-building project that with a vertical load it'll hold a whooole lot of weight.

I might build an additional cross brace too, AND I might time the project with a really big water change, which should cut down on the stress somewhat.
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I took mine out from my 29gallon stand (bought stand at petsmart). I have one piece of pvc 1'' diameter pipe and seems to do fine.

LIke eveyone else said though try to support it with something small even if it is for a short period. More stability the better.
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IMO i think it will come down to tank size and length. ive seen a 4ft long with no center support at all, if your putting it back go for it!
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I ended up cutting another piece, just like the brace, and wedged it into place, a foot to the right, a little tighter than the brace itself, with some shims. That took the load off the brace, and it came right out.

No problems.
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