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Old 09-14-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
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Tank Structure.

I was curious as to whether or not the bar the runs across my bow front tank offers any structural function? furthermore, could i remove it without any catastrophes to the the structural integrity of the tank. I was curious because it blocks 3 of my led lights :S. Sorry for the pic i took it with my computer and my moonlight is on. lol



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Old 09-14-2011, 08:14 AM   #2
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The cross brace is definitely part of the tank structure. Removing it is a very bad idea.
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The cross brace is definitely part of the tank structure. Removing it is a very bad idea.
+10,,do not remove that brace,,only bad things could come of it
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I couldn't agree more. With a bow front, there is tremendous pressure pushing out and that brace is meant to relieve that pressure. Removing it could cause the front glass to fail.
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what size tank do you have? people have done rimless tanks out of up to 55g, if not higher, and haven't had a problem with removing it.
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Those rimless tank have added support between the glass and structure to begin with. Some even have the bottom framed liek mine does. It's all a matter of how it's put together.

I for sure 100% would not remove a brace on your tank. As mentioned it can only cause future or even immediate trouble.

Is there a way to re adjust your moonlights? Or move the lighting fixture or is it kinda stuck where it is? Would boosting up your lighting fixture help?
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Well my actually lighting fixture stretches across the tank and it is 3x of my 10,000k white lights that are being blocked :S
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its not a major issue i have a great amount of light coming through. i will just have to be cognoscente of the placement of my corals.( which i already planned to do lol) anyways thanks for the input guys
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I used to have a 72 Gal. bow front that had that center brace broken. I made a brace for it because the front glass would flex outward almost 2 inches when full without the brace. Even with the replacement brace the tank eventually had the seal fail. IMO do not remove it.
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