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post #11 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 07:55 AM
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Where or not a brace is needed depends on the strength and thickness of the glass. If the tank is already bowing then obviously the center brace was important. I'd replace the tank. A guy I work with is selling a 4 month old 55gal tank for $30. You can find good deals out there for about the price of parts to fix the tank you have.
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 09:00 AM
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Exactly, it depends largely on the tank design. Yes, you can make a big tank that doesn't need a center brace. You have to take the lack of brace into account when designing the frame and choosing the glass. The problem is that a 55 like this is designed to have a center brace. That fact that another tank doesn't need one is immaterial, this one needs one.

If the break had happened towards the center it would have been an easy fix. Just use a piece of plastic or metal and screw it to the brace on either side of the break. It's not pretty but it'd work just fine. That close to the glass though there's just not much you can do.

The ultimate questions are:
1) Are you willing to have 55 gallons of water spill all over your floors if you're wrong.
2) Are you willing to have everything in the tank die if you're wrong and it breaks.

If the answer to either is no then its time to replace the tank. That's not really directed at the OP, just in general when considering whether or not to repair/replace your tank or just live with damage like broken supports, cracked or chipped glass, etc.

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post #13 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 09:08 AM
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I guess im paranoid, but if that was my tank, i would have passed myself leaving to get another tank or another top frame.........I wouldnt trust that for too long...............Its hard to say, it could never bow anymore and it would be fine for years, or it could break when your at work and you come home to a major disaster...............I personally would replace it.............Remember Murphy?.............He has a law for everything
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post #14 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ya have to go with the rule that an object at rest stays at rest. If left alone it probably won't break, the question is how much force is it going to take to break the repair, and how much more force will it take to break the rim and glass. I just don't like carrying the things around, lol.

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post #15 of 16 Old 03-13-2009, 09:57 PM
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You could probably fix that with epoxy, but you'll need to empty the tank out first and clean the break really well. If it works, it will be stronger than the trim ever was.

Your best bet is to get a replacement frame. Glasscages.com sells them for $13. Alternately, you could see if someone had a busted 55 on craigslist that had an intact frame and possibly get it for less.

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post #16 of 16 Old 03-15-2009, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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I was able to pick up a replacement tank on Craigslist for $30. Anyone looking for a 55g reptile tank?

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