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Old 05-10-2011, 07:23 AM   #11
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I would... but, that puts you in one of two situations. Most likely, for the price of re-trimming, you can find a used tank on CL. So, it would be up to you whether you want to spend the time to retrim it (which I understand can be quite a pain), or just find a tank locally and be done with it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:37 AM   #12
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Back to square one... Hmph. Well, this time maybe I'll be patient enough to find a tank with a light.

Edit: Huzzah! Found one for 50 with a light and filter. Posted two days ago so I hope he still has it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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I don't like it. While some may think the trim is decorative, it's not. The trim is structural. That center cross support keeps the tank from bowing. With the trim cracked like that, it looks to me like it could just pop right off. I wouldn't feel comfortable setting it up, and I don't worry about stuff much.
Wouldn't adding a structural cross brace to the tank resolve that issue? Whether it's factory made or owner made, a cross brace is going to create support for the long run of the tank.
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I also purchased a 55 that had trim problems from CL. I went to the LFS and was told it would be around $20 for a new top trim. Didn't ask about the bottom one though. I agree with mdfrookie516 that it will be a pain and expensive to retrim it. I sold my on CL as is telling the buyer what I though for $5 less than what I paid.
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Alright... Were I to make it a riparium and have 30-odd gallons in the tank, would I still necessarily need to worry about it bursting? I was thinking I'd rather do an aquarium this time around, but ripariums are fun too.
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I wouldn't be worried about the cracks in the trim per se, but the centre brace is important. It seems 55s are very prone to the centre brace failing. If you are really concerned, you could silicone a piece of glass beneath the existing brace. It would need to be at least 3/8" thick and because the centre brace is still there might be difficult to install. The bottom trim is of no consequence in terms of structural integrity. If you were wanting to re trim, you would have to know the manufacturer of the tank to ensure the new trim fit. Minor discrepencies in sizing, as they occur between manufacturers, require exact sizing for the trim to fit.
In the pictured tank, if the crack at the brace were anywhere else, I wouldn't give it a second thought. Being as it is where it is, I think there is some reason for concern.
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Below is a link to another forum where a number of tank braces were cracked or damaged and the tanks have been successfully repaired and brought back to life. There's one pic about a 1/4 of the way down where they made a wood rim and 3 cross braces, that looks pretty cool IMO. The tank mfg use rather cheap (IMO) polycarbonate plastic for rims that even brand new seem questionable. My 37g tall has one and it looks more like a "we tried" support brace than something that's going to out last the silicone seams.

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FAQs on Glass Aquarium Repair,* Braces/Cross Supports
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Then do you suggest I re-trim it myself? Glasscages sells replacement trims for reasonable prices. Edit: Well. Not too reasonable. it's ~45$ for new top and bottom trim for a 55. I bet I could make a wooden or metal trim.
For that money...well just a few $$$ more... you could get and all new tank and be very happy and rest soundly knowing you won't have an issue.
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Well, I found a 55 on CL for 50$, I think I'll go check it out in a bit.
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Update - I bought the tank and got easily like 300$ worth of equipment. If anyone's looking for a used Remora AquaC... Let me know.
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