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Old 07-22-2011, 02:29 PM   #21
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I've heard anything more than 1/8" bowing really strains the silicone... so if it's bowing more than that, I'd remove the aluminium and clamp it closed some more. Otherwise, you've wasted your time!!
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:44 PM   #22
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I've heard anything more than 1/8" bowing really strains the silicone... so if it's bowing more than that, I'd remove the aluminium and clamp it closed some more. Otherwise, you've wasted your time!!

Well thanks for the sour grapes. I figure it was bowing @ 3/4+ and now it just over 1/4 so I do not feel I wasted my time.

On a side note Super glue will NOT bond plastic and alumium. Had to break out the 2 part epoxy.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:41 AM   #23
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IMHO You saved not only the tank but the fish as well Good job
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IMHO You saved not only the tank but the fish as well Good job


Thanks, it appears to be holding so maybe I dodged a bullet for a few days until I can find another tank.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:10 PM   #25
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Have you considered building a trim piece yourself? You could make it out of steel or aluminum...although aluminum isn't the easiest to weld.
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Have you considered building a trim piece yourself? You could make it out of steel or aluminum...although aluminum isn't the easiest to weld.
Nah, you haven't seen me weld. Besides, won't steel rust?
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:47 PM   #27
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I have seen people drill the top and create a new brace from clear acrylic, then use white nylon fasteners.
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I have seen people drill the top and create a new brace from clear acrylic, then use white nylon fasteners.
Not enough plastic material left that's not cracked to drill/ tap or any thing else.

The strap seems to be holding for now.
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Well problem solved. Can't find a top frame for my tank anywhere, but did find a tank at petsmart for 379.99, but....... if I get their "bonus card" and use it the tank will only cost me 303.99. So that's the way I'm going.

Thanks for all the guidance and suggestions.
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OK, here is my plan of action.

I am picking up a 55 gal and setting it up as a SW tank to put most of the LR and the fish in, along with the live sand out of the sump.

Then I will get a big can to put the rest of the rock and sand into, along with as much water as I can salvage.

Replace the tank, reload with sand water and the live rock out of the can.

Start the cycling process all over again since I am disturbing the sand bed (been there for years).

I will be leaving the fish corals and remaining live rock in the 55 gal until the main tank is stable again.

Did I leave anything out?
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