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Old 09-25-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Cheap 40 breeder. Broken brace. Will it bow and break

I have a 40 gallon breeder laying around the house unused. The top center brace is broken in half. Will it bow out and break if I fill it with water? Thank you much for your info.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:18 AM   #2
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Not sure if it is needed for structural stability, but I have a 55 gallon tank and I cut mine out. It was a pain in the *** always catching and cutting my arm on it. I keep my tank topped off always and I have No problems.

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fill it out side first to see if it bows
that way if it bursts water isn't all over the house
if it holds water don't leak or bow I would think it to be ok
I have a few with no center brace and there ok
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On a 40B it can go either way. If made with the same thickness glass as they usually are, you can go brace or no brace. I've seen both. They are only 3 feet long and pretty short so the pressures aren't too bad.

As for the second comment on cutting a brace out of a full 55, not a wise idea. It may be fine, and it may bow the glass eventually causing an issue. 55s are long and tall and the brace is there for a structural reason. But to each their own. Hopefully it holds.
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On a 40B it can go either way. If made with the same thickness glass as they usually are, you can go brace or no brace. I've seen both. They are only 3 feet long and pretty short so the pressures aren't too bad.

As for the second comment on cutting a brace out of a full 55, not a wise idea. It may be fine, and it may bow the glass eventually causing an issue. 55s are long and tall and the brace is there for a structural reason. But to each their own. Hopefully it holds.
I should add that mine was cracked and the edges were jagged. I just didn't cut it out for no reason. But it does make it alot easier to catch fish, and I've had no bowing at all.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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Depends on the dimensions of the tank. if it is a wide tank, it would be better with the brace than without. If you are unsure, you can always silcone a 1"-2" piece of glass around the top lip of the tank to help keep the top from bowing. Serves almost the same as a cross brace.
As previously mentioned, always test your tank outside in case it leaks. make sure the tank is on a level or secure surface .

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