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Old 08-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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de-rimming filled tank?

I have been wanting to remove the rim off of my 40 gallon breeder tank for some time now. I've done this easily on a 5, 10, and 20 gallon tank, however this on is a heavily planted community tank.

So my question is, can I remove the top rim piece without hurting the tank or the fish? Would it be best to leave the back top trim on since I use 3 HOB filters
or, should I just not do it?

I know I should have done this when I got the tank but being overly excited I started the tank up and not its well established and the way I want it, well, just with a unwanted top rim.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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I am not sure removing the rim on a 40b is a good idea. Is it center braced?
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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Yes they have a brace and DO NOT remove the brace. It is there for a reason. Removing the brace will do damage to your tank and possible cause it to fail.

From a physics perspective, that brace prevents the two walls of the tank from bowing out from each other and is absolutely essential on a tank larger than 30 gallons. Even with tempered glass, it still bends when water presses against it. Removing the center brace will cause one of the 2 sides or both to fail thus breaking under pressure. The force pressing against the outside walls will be too much for it to take without that brace.

If it ain't broke don't fix it. Please do not attempt this it will fail an that is a fact.
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None of my 40b's have a brace on them. I'd leave the trim on also, sounds like a disaster waiting to happen for the sake of a rimless look.
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Not all 40bs are center braced.

I do agree though it is a risk with a tank that large.
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Thanks guys I will just leave it be
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:35 PM   #7
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My bad... Some are not center braced but still leave it be. Better safe then sorry.
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We have a 65gal that's unbraced. We'd like to take the rim off and put a rim that has the middle brace on it on the tank. Instead of starting a new thread about the same topic, any suggestions on how to do so in an already filled tank?
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