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post #1 of 16 Old 03-09-2009, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question about a 55 gal tank

The plastic support that runs from front to back in the middle of the top of my 55 long snapped. Tank is still holding up well, filled to the top. Is that just a support for the hood/light?

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-09-2009, 07:23 PM
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In larger aquariums it is part of the support. I am not sure about a 55 gallon. I know that older 50+ gallon tanks didn't have a middle brace. I would still try to repair it just to be on the safe side.

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post #3 of 16 Old 03-09-2009, 08:58 PM
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I believe that it is a support bar for helping to hold the tank together without putting too much stress on the glass and it is used for having daul lids and lights on a 55 gal.
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-09-2009, 10:07 PM
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i have never had that problem but i have read several people say they had the same problem and after a while each of them said the front glass started to bow. they make replacement trim for the tank.

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post #5 of 16 Old 03-10-2009, 08:05 AM
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Repair it. It's an important brace for the structural integrity of the tank. The front and rear panes of glass are long, thin, and have a lot of pressure on them. The brace helps to keep them from bowing. Long term I'd be worried about the seams of the tank or even the integrity of the glass.

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post #6 of 16 Old 03-10-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I took some pictures of the break. The plan is to use a 12" clamp to hold it in place and try to glue it. A friend suggested gorrilla glue???? I know of no glue that would hold it and I'm open to suggestions. Both for a strong glue or other method of repair.
By the way, the gap is 3/8 of an inch. So far.
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-12-2009, 08:44 AM
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I don't really trust glue, even good glue, under direct tension like that. It's not a matter of if it'll break, but when, and when isn't a long time. Unfortunately the location of the break makes it so that repairing the break the best way, by mechanically reattaching the snapped halves, isn't really an option. You might have to build a new brace for the center section like a permanent clamp. Something out of wood or better metal probably.

I'll be honest, with that kind of damage and the tank full of water I'd probably be looking for a new tank and considering this one for terrarium duty.

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post #8 of 16 Old 03-12-2009, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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I started looking for another one as soon as it happened. But I did glue it. I feel the same way, when will it break. For now it's holding. I found a top trim online. Apparantly its not called trim, but a "frame". $20 plus shipping and my time. better off finding a used tank.
Oh well, do do do do do.

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post #9 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 03:13 AM
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I wouldn't be too worried. I have a 110 Gallon and it doesn't have the middle support bar at all. It has been up and running for 3 years now. I have 3 blocks of wood in there to hold the light up but they are loosely placed. In other words don't worry until you see the glass bow really bad more than an inch.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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Did it have the support there at one time, or was it never there?

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