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Old 08-25-2010, 10:47 AM   #11
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Yes, I'm late to the thread here, but my clearseal tank is the same. I *think* the only reason the glass is there is so you can rest a hood of some sort on top of it. Otherwise I can't think what it is for.

It's definitely *not* for bracing the tank as on either side the glass 'shelf' starts a good inch away from the edge of the tank and then runs along the back and front and then stops an inch away from the other side, so it couldn't possibly have any structural function.
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That is a Eurobrace .... it is there to prevent the glass from bowing out under water pressure. <And it does not have to extend from end to end to do the job ...> N. American tanks tend to have wide plastic stripe on the top trim frame for the same purpose.

At 18" the brace is prob. not that necessary ... you normally only brace long tanks like 36" or 48" & over .... but do check with the manufacturer, as they might use thinner glass in the panes & add a brace to compensate.
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That is a Eurobrace .... it is there to prevent the glass from bowing out under water pressure. <And it does not have to extend from end to end to do the job ...> N. American tanks tend to have wide plastic stripe on the top trim frame for the same purpose.

At 18" the brace is prob. not that necessary ... you normally only brace long tanks like 36" or 48" & over .... but do check with the manufacturer, as they might use thinner glass in the panes & add a brace to compensate.
Thanks, that makes some sense! It's good to know what they are for!
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