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Old 10-16-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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I started a 55 g tank with little experience and love hearing from the experts. Below are a few pictures.
My main question is about the first picture. I bought this on Craigs list and the plastic holding the middle to the tank is broken. Should I be worried?
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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I'm very New to the Aquarium Realm, but I just wanna say.. Thats a very pretty set-up you have
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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Yes, that center brace prevents the tank form bowing out and possiblely failing. Try to repair it.
You may have to lower the water level to reduce the pressure on the tank as you pull the brace togerher and bolt the two sections together.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:09 PM   #4
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Any way to repair it or replace it?
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
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You could remove half the water then screw the two pieces together with an approreate piece of plastic with stainless steel screws or plastic screws and bolts.
PS: the more water you remove the better!
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:05 AM   #6
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I agree. With today's tanks you want that middle brace in order to make sure the glass doesn't bow out so much that it stresses and breaks (big mess).

You can try to repair as mentioned above or just replace the molding. I'm sure someone here knows where you can buy it.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:19 AM   #7
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You can also order the top frame and replace it completely. The tank probably wont fail with the center brace broken on a 55 but you shouldn't take the chance.

You are going to have to take about half the water out of the tank and repair the brace. I had something similar happen to a 55 of mine.

Here is the solution I came up with.



I used a pipe clamp to gently pull the center back together. Be VERY VERY careful doing this. the PVC was cut a bit short, one elbow was glued into the length and then I put glue on the other end and in the other elbow, when I go the center back where it belonged I tightened the clamp down a little more and put the other elbow on. After an hour of letting the glue set I removed the clamp and everything was good to go. This held for over a year before I took the tank down.

My vote though is to replace the plastic trim completely
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:04 PM   #8
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OK, the aquarium has been up for a week now and we tooka sample of the water to our LFS. The results ar:
PH - 8.0
Ammonia - .5ppm
Nitrite - 4.0ppm
Nitrate - 180ppm
Salinity - 1.023

Are these results normal? At the LFS they said I pboably have too much argonite for this size tank. We put 40 lbs. in this tank. Are they right?
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No you are fine. I put 200lbs in my 120. It's all about what you want in your tank.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #10
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Ok, did I miss something? Did you fix the center brace?
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