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Old 03-17-2012, 09:50 PM   #371
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:06 AM   #372
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Well everything is still alive but it's getting nasty in the tank with the lower flow and such. I ordered a new 40g breeder through a friend for a nice little discount. It's not a Marineland like before but a Depp Blue. The bottom isn't tempered in case I want to use it for something else later and drill it. However... it has a center brace where the Marineland didn't.

I'm not sure about this. Do you think I could cut it out? The other tank cracked because one of my baffles was too tight. My fear is that the refugium was dead center in the deign and the brace is going to cause maintenance headaches down the road.

  • Should I not worry about it and just redo it like before?
  • Should I cut the brace?
  • Should I leave the brace and redo the layout so the refugium is on the right and the return is in the middle possibly making maintenance easier? I don't see working on the pump as much as cleaning the refugium but I'd need to divert some flow off the return to the refugium like my FW setup.
I've also decided I want to do a herbie type setup on the overflow so I'm drilling a 3rd hole (right now there is 1 hole in each corner) so that I have 1 overflow, 1 emergency overflow and 1 return. I'm going to drill a few in the broken 40g but it shouldn't be too difficult.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:35 AM   #373
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I wouldn't cut the brace it's there for a reason . My sump has a brace right in the middle of the fuge. It's not a big deal maintenance wise unless you keep rock in yours . I just keep cheato with no rock and the brace hasn't bothered me at all.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:42 AM   #374
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It's just strange that one has it and one doesn't but I follow you. I do have a lot of rock for the fuge though.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:51 AM   #375
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That may be a problem then. I don't think it would be too bad to work around it though.different manufactures do things differently I guess/
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:22 AM   #376
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Another thought was the fact it's only going to have 10" of water in it at most and I'm dropping 6 baffles into it for cross support. I might call the company today and see if I can get a hold of someone.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:34 PM   #377
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is this going under a stand? will there be support surrounding the tank? what I mean is will there be a piece of wood wedged up against the tank around where that brace is? if so, go for it & cut the brace. if not, I wouldn't cut it IMO even with the 10" of water, I doubt you want to go through doing this all over again..
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I just don't see how removing a center brace and replacing it with 6 is going to be a compromise on structure. I have seen custom euro bracing done on glass, rimless tanks all over. Then again, I didn't think that 1/32" on a baffle would eventually cause a crack
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I just don't see how removing a center brace and replacing it with 6 is going to be a compromise on structure. I have seen custom euro bracing done on glass, rimless tanks all over. Then again, I didn't think that 1/32" on a baffle would eventually cause a crack
nevermind reread & im slow lol.

I dunno, if you have those baffles siliconed in there REALLY well I would THINK it would hold. Now I see where you're at in your head. I thought it was just going to be cut with nothing bracing & I didn't think about the baffles
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Exactly..... there are 5 10" baffles and 1 14" baffle siliconed top to bottom
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