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post #1 of 5 Old 12-30-2006, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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38 Gallon Aquarium - Center Top/Support Strap Missing - Bow


We recently bought a used aquarium from a work collegue.
We've come to find out the 38 gallon aquarium should have a center support strap to hold the 36" long side straight.

The center/top strap or brace between the front and back panes is missing.
We've filled the tank today and the tank is bowed more than 3/8 of an inch.
It's noticable and makes us nervous, though the previous owners tell us they have been without the center brace for "years".

Please advise... is this tank stable? Should I be looking for a new tank?
This is a 36 x 12 x 20" tank I think it's technically a 38 gallong.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-30-2006, 09:27 PM
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i would not use the tank u dont no what can happen and being old with no support is even worse.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-30-2006, 10:14 PM
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Unfortunately, it could become unstable with time. Without the centre brace, your tank will appear to indeed bow and may cause a leak.
Either you buy a new one or try to place a centre brace on that tank.:)

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-31-2006, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Found a new top trim w/Center Brace...

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Unfortunately, it could become unstable with time. Without the centre brace, your tank will appear to indeed bow and may cause a leak.
Either you buy a new one or try to place a centre brace on that tank.:)
Thanks all for your replies.

Today, I found a new top trim piece for the tank (entire top plastic of the tank with center strap/brace. Cost me 1/4 of a new tank.

I had to do some work to get the old top trim off the tank, and install the new trim piece.

Now question is, how long do I need to let the silicone cure w/o fear of harm to the fish (which we do not own yet... will start slow!) ??
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-01-2007, 11:14 AM
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i would a day or two
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