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Old 03-14-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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Center brace?

OK the 38 gallon tank I got from someone use to have a plastic peice in the middle but is broke. Will that affect the tank in any way when its full of water? I have filled it to make sure it didn't leak but was wondering if over time it will affect anything?
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Usually if a tank is made with a brace, it needs that brace for support. With only a 38 gallon it might be ok, but test it somewhere safe before use!
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Here is the tank. Its 36" long so I guess that would keep the glass from bowing. I filled it in the bath tub and left it for hrs

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I'm not using that stand and I have cleaned it up alot. Only paid $20 for it so I couldn't pass it up
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #5
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I would get a new top trim piece that has the brace. My lfs kept them in stock usually for about $15. Just takes some work to redo the trim.
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Here's my new 40 Gallon breeder. It is also 36in long but it doesnt have a center support. Seems the 38 gallon should be fine without it unless maybe the glass is thinner?

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Here is the tank. Its 36" long so I guess that would keep the glass from bowing. I filled it in the bath tub and left it for hrs

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Unless you have a bathtub that is perfectly flat, I wouldnt recommend this, I found out the hard way. Had a 20 gallon break because the bottom wasnt supported well enough in my tub.
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Here's my new 40 Gallon breeder. It is also 36in long but it doesnt have a center support. Seems the 38 gallon should be fine without it unless maybe the glass is thinner?
How thick is your glass?
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Unless you have a bathtub that is perfectly flat, I wouldnt recommend this, I found out the hard way. Had a 20 gallon break because the bottom wasnt supported well enough in my tub.
Yeah I guess I got lucky lol. I think I'm going to fill it again and see if it bows out any
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How thick is your glass?
Just under 1/4in

As for filling in the tub, I just fill mine in the the garage with the hose now
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