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Old 05-26-2013, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hey guys and gals I bought a 55 gallon tank to store a bearded dragon in and started a 10 gallon tank for the second time and got a few fish nothing fancy just a couple dalmation fish and a couple small frogs with algee eater and got rid of the beardie so now I got my 55 gallon tank all set up (sanitized it very well) for fish, when I bought the tank from the guy it was used for fish I got the API freshwater master test kit and tested my water everything is ok I put my fish in and then noticed my tank is bulging in front and back it is missing the middle brace which being a newbie I didn't know a 55 gallon had a middle brace :/ could I replace the top piece without harming water or fish?
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:32 AM   #2
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Are you 100% sure that he had fish in the tank? If it is a reptile you're gonna need more than a brace. I'm not familiar with 55 gallon braces so Idk.
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Hey guys and gals I bought a 55 gallon tank to store a bearded dragon in and started a 10 gallon tank for the second time and got a few fish nothing fancy just a couple dalmation fish and a couple small frogs with algee eater and got rid of the beardie so now I got my 55 gallon tank all set up (sanitized it very well) for fish, when I bought the tank from the guy it was used for fish I got the API freshwater master test kit and tested my water everything is ok I put my fish in and then noticed my tank is bulging in front and back it is missing the middle brace which being a newbie I didn't know a 55 gallon had a middle brace :/ could I replace the top piece without harming water or fish?
Apart from the centre bracing, fish and reptile tanks can differ in type and thickness of glass. Particularly the bottom. If it is bowing then you need to drain it ASAP!
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Yes I am sure he had fish in it I think he said he used it as a quarantine tank or a regular tank but only had it half way full is there anyway to tell if it is a real fish tank?
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Yes I am sure he had fish in it I think he said he used it as a quarantine tank or a regular tank but only had it half way full is there anyway to tell if it is a real fish tank?
There's no way it's an actual fish tank if its bulging. He got away with it because he only half filled it. It isn't strong enough to hold twice the volume. I'd hate it to fail and have you lose your fish.
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There is one way you won't like if Its not a fish tank!!! You won't like this though ! Fill it with water leave it outside for a week and if its still there and in contact its a fish tank most likely
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There's no way it's an actual fish tank if its bulging. He got away with it because he only half filled it. It isn't strong enough to hold twice the volume. I'd hate it to fail and have you lose your fish.
I posted a couple pics of bottom of tank and the broke piece it says its tempered and has an anchor on one idk it that means it is a fish tank?
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I posted a couple pics of bottom of tank and the broke piece it says its tempered and has an anchor on one idk it that means it is a fish tank?
I think tempered glass is the bad one for fish tanks. I'll see if I can find the thread where this is discussed
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Even if it is tempered or not..if the tank is bulging, it isn't a fish tank. You should be able to tell by the thickness of it alone.
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