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Old 03-02-2009, 01:11 AM   #1
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Safety of my Aquarium?

I have a 36 gallon tank that I got for free. The Top black lining was cracked so I am thinking about removing it. Plus all the ballers have a clear top tank. How much does this reduce the integrity of the tank? Should I Silicone an acrylic lining around the top? Does it need to be one piece and or can it be 4? How thick should it be? Thanks.
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Plus all the ballers have a clear top tank. How much does this reduce the integrity of the tank?
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I don't think this is a good idea man. The trim on the top of the tank holds it together. The tanks without it are designed to not have it there. I wouldn't even go so far as to add your own. If it is cracked, the integrity of the tank is compromised. My personal opinion - I wouldn't use it.
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Don't give me bad news! lol
I feel like for sure if I added a 1" acrylic border perpindicular to the current glass around the inside of the tank it would be far more sturdy then some plastic border. I just don't know if it has to be one piece, which would be expensive as crap, or if I can silicone in four seperate pieces. Anyone else wanna tell me something I wanna here? lol
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LOL - yes, def get a second opinion. I have not been around aquariums very long, so someone will have more experience than me with this for sure. I am probably erring more to the cautious side because of my inexperience.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:52 AM   #5
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no i don't blame you at all i just want to use the aquarium lol. it will be a while before i set it up though i'm just trying to plan everything out exactly instead of trying to figure things out as I go along like with my current aquariums.
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Basically I was thinking this:

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I checked on Glasscages.com - Tank Frames and it looks like you can buy the plastic frames but I didn't see one for a tank your size. Maybe your LFS might beable to order one. I know some take the trim off of 2.5 to 5 gallon tanks but 36 gallons is a lot of pressure pushing out on the sides.
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Thanks for the link! At those prices I might just go ahead and buy a new tank!
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YEA I ordered my 75 from glasscages and its sweet. I wouldnt mess with restoring your tank like that. That trim does bear a load and is not just there for looks. Dangerous!
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I don't think this design would serve the purpose you are looking for. It would need to be on the outside of the tank, rather than the inside. Also, if you were going to do this, a solid piece would be far more stable than trying to use silicon to put it together. Not sure silicon would be rigid enough anyway to serve the purpose. You would want little to no flex.
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