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Old 11-18-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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Can I remove the mid-aquarium brace?

I'm setting up a new 65 gallon aquarium and just realized that the metal halide lamp installed in the hood will be located directly above the brace that runs across the center of the tank. Is this brace absolutely necessary? Can I remove it?
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definitely not a good idea to remove the center brace.
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:51 PM   #3
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I agree. Do not remove brace.
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That brace is very important in supporting your tank and keeping it "together" from what I have heard. We even installed one on ours because it didn't have one. I dont recommend taking it off, unless you are willing to take the risks.
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The center brace on a tank provides tortional support that keeps the tank from bowing out from water pressure. Do not remove the brace.
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The brace is VERY important. Do not remove it.
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I agree do not remove. Your tank will not handle the force inside from the water.
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What about rebracing it with glass strips?
then removing it ?
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I agree with the rest. Is that light the one that came with your tank? I just bought a lighting systme, the MHs are in between the three braces.
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Adding 2 glass braces on either side of the light would work, but will limit access to the tank.
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