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Old 11-09-2017, 12:37 AM   #1
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55 gallon glass bracket broke

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I have a 55 gallon fresh water tank itís old I re-caulked it but left the middle glass divider/ bracket alone then I think from the humidity/heater next to it caused one side to break off. My question is do I need it does it provide stability or hold the tank together or is just for looks, hold accessories orClick image for larger version

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Old 11-09-2017, 04:56 AM   #2
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You should re caulk it in place IMO. You should be able to easily notice the bow in front and back glass without it.
It is called a 'Euro brace' and is probably cheaper then a new top band.
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My center brace broke off my 90 I crazy glued a piece of plexiglass on the top and bottom of the busted brace been holding up over a year , that brace serves a purpose to keep the glass from bowing , like coralbandit said it's cheaper than buying a new top rim
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Thanks for the input itís not flush not thereís a small gap, should I fill with silocone or should I place a small piece of plexiglass as a shim? Because it broke and already shows a gap does that mean I lost itís effectiveness in holding it together? I donít think silicone would hold back all the water pressure if it was going to keep browning outwards or is this unlikely with the sides/corners heavily re-caulked? Thanks for helping a newb
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I would drain the tank till the brace fits snug and caulk it.Wait at least a day or two for it to cure before re filling.
As for silicone not holding , what do think is holding the aquarium together ??
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I would drain the tank till the brace fits snug and caulk it.Wait at least a day or two for it to cure before re filling.
As for silicone not holding , what do think is holding the aquarium together ??


Thanks what I meant I was worried how long the silicone would hold together at the corners without the brace if this was a slow issue or something I had to fix immediately
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I would get to it ASAP.
It is more likely the glass will break from deflection and stress then the caulk fail IMO.
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