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Old 08-03-2012, 12:29 PM   #11
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When I bought a used tank at my lfs, there was an issue with the center brace, it was cracked. The top unit is one molded piece, you can actually just purchase the entire piece which includes the center brace. I would not trust repairing it with silicone, but that's just personal preference.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #12
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Silicone will not hold. It's not an adhesive.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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Silicone will not hold. It's not an adhesive.
+1 go with a 2 part epoxy much stronger
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:15 PM   #14
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Sorry to interrupt but my 26 bow front didn't come wit a support brace is this bc it's so small? My 36 did. Never really gave second though till I was reading this....
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #15
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Go to LFS and order a replacement trim. Their fairly cheap. Probably around 30 -40
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:08 PM   #16
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Like others have said, simply glue a new brace in there. You can use any type of plastic or metal material that's safe for the water and a high quality epoxy. You could even measure and bend a piece of aluminum over each edge as the new brace and glue it, then paint it black.

No brace, and eventually the luck will run out. It may just leak, or the glass may crack and open up a level of "HOLY ......" like you've never seen before in your home. Such as a huge piece of razor sharp annealed glass falling on a person looking at the tank.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #17
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Sorry to interrupt but my 26 bow front didn't come wit a support brace is this bc it's so small? My 36 did. Never really gave second though till I was reading this....
Under 30 gallons and usually you won't have a brace. Over 30 gallons and you'll find a brace.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #18
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Yeah, the brace def is there for a reason, I got a used 55 with a broken brace and when I fill it up you can see the glass bows out up to two inches, maybe more! Scary! I'd just swap the trim pieces and sell the old one as is on CL, if someone else wants to fix it, cool for them.
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