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Old 07-10-2013, 06:36 AM   #21
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Maybe I will cut a piece of acrylic and drill holes and use Teflon screws to brace it together. Sound like a plan? ....
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:56 AM   #22
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I have seen that done, but I would drain the tank to make sure the glass was back to it's "unstretched" position be fore doing it. If you can identify the manufacturer, you can also likely remove and replace the entire top trim, but you would also need to drain the tank.

I think that bracing might be critical for a bowfront. You definitely don't want a seam to blow out or a catastrophic crack to form and drain that entire tank on the floor.
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I have seen that done, but I would drain the tank to make sure the glass was back to it's "unstretched" position be fore doing it. If you can identify the manufacturer, you can also likely remove and replace the entire top trim, but you would also need to drain the tank.

I think that bracing might be critical for a bowfront. You definitely don't want a seam to blow out or a catastrophic crack to form and drain that entire tank on the floor.
Bracing is a must for a bowfront. ID the manufacturer and you can het a replacement top trim for about $40.
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I'll see if he can get one from the manufacturer but for now I will make a custom brace for it. Isn't there a place that sells the top braces?
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Some LFS will sell the top braces, but you will probably have to bring the tank to them to ensure a proper fit, especially for a bowfront.
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Some guy at the lfs said it would be fine, if it was going to burst it would have last night and t
hat if it was a rectangle 55 then there would be a problem.my center brace on my 55 has been broke since it was giving to me. When my friend told me that (( I rolled my eyes)) like really. A bowfront has less support because the glass bows outward.
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Wow. That's ridiculous! Do you know the manufacturer of the tank yet?
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Wow. That's ridiculous! Do you know the manufacturer of the tank yet?
Where would it be?
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Where would it be?
Sometimes they put it on a sticker on the bottom. Or if you get exact measurements you can compare to what various places offer to try to find it.
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Sometimes they put it on a sticker on the bottom. Or if you get exact measurements you can compare to what various places offer to try to find it.
No sticker but I know the measurements. So I am going to cut some 1/2 acrylic.

And I just built my 38g sump today. Pics to follow.
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