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Old 11-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Broken center bracket?

The center bracket on my 55 is broken is there something typically used to fix/replace these I could find at a hardware store? I figured I could find a similar sized piece of metal or something but hoping someone has a specific recommendation. Thanks
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If this would be better off in the DIY section let me know thanks
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Now I'm really worried after googling... The tank was a friend of mines dads and he ran it for as long as she can remember with the bracket broken. Of course I can't find my measuring tape to make sure there is no bowing but the tank is filled and cycling, I never considered that the plastic could be an important support piece I just assumed it was so the lid and lights fit on top. Any recommendations?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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U can buy another top. U can also make a metal brace to replace the broken brace.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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U can buy another top. U can also make a metal brace to replace the broken brace.
Is it possible to post pics on this forum? I assume I can rig something assuming there is no bowing in the tank but the center bracket it's self is not the only thing broken the plastic front and center is also
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Is it possible to post pics on this forum? I assume I can rig something assuming there is no bowing in the tank but the center bracket it's self is not the only thing broken the plastic front and center is also
Yes...u can attach them from home CPU or use + key on phone app.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:38 PM   #7
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Assuming its a standard 55 long, glasscages.com has the trim top and bottom for $15. I need to call and order one as well.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:12 AM   #8
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Just pry this on me off and silicone a new one on? Can I just lower the water really low? I don't really want to entirely start my cycle over if I can avoid it.
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Just pry this on me off and silicone a new one on? Can I just lower the water really low? I don't really want to entirely start my cycle over if I can avoid it.
You use a razor blade to cut the old silicone and pry off the old trim. You can find videos on YouTube to help you out, then silicone the new one on. Is the tank still cycling or finished? You could just put your filter media, fish, and some tank water in a bucket while you work on the tank. As long as the media stays wet you're in the clear. I wouldn't lower the water level, just looks bad and there's still a risk of the tank starting to leak.
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