06-28-2012, 08:46 AM
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Ok you know what, you might be right that's it's not original, there's a near identical case in the middle of this page I posted before, talking about a 55 gallon with a broken glass brace: FAQs on Glass Aquarium Repair, Braces/Cross Supports
The advice given there is that the brace is not proper because it's being fastened to a piece of plastic, rather than being attached properly to the glass - as I mentioned before, silicone joints are best when it's glass being attached to glass. So hmmm maybe this was a poorly executed DIY brace in the first place, but since there IS a brace that was put in, I would suspect highly that there was a reason for it being put there, not just for looks or for another purpose like supporting a lamp or something.
06-28-2012, 05:07 PM
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OK. Then we've established that a) the bracing mechanism is, beyond reasonable doubt, genuine (built by professionals) and b) the professionals deemed it necessary to put in a big glass cross brace. Also as is, with the tank less than half full and a broken brace, there is 3/16 inches of bowing happening, which is above the upper limit of what I'd personally feel comfortable with. I might even consider lowering the water level a few more inches for peace of mind. You really need to get a replacement piece of glass cut ASAP and replace it in the exact same position as the original, making sure to remove all traces of the old silicone before applying any fresh silicone.
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