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aimhoff26 06-15-2008 02:50 PM

help with broken tank
Hello, I am just starting out my new saltwater aquaruim. As I was putting the tank on the stand I (for some reason) attempted to pick up the aquarium by the middle plastic trim that goes acroos and attaches my two sides of my 55 gallon tank. I didn't think it was a big deal so I loaded it up with water and salt anyways and noticed later that the middle was bowing out. The middle part was almost 2 inches wider than the ends. Does anyone know how to fix that middle part or suggest a glue that will hold. This is a new aquarium and I hate to have broken it forever. I ended up taking the water out and am now looking at my tank and want to cry. Thanks for any help. I would rather not replace the trim as I have no idea how to do that.

willow 06-21-2008 10:40 AM

hope someone in the salty department can help you.
what a shame that happened. :(
welcome aboard too. :)

MattD 06-21-2008 10:04 PM

From what I understand, the tank in the midsection is warping? In this case, there's not much you can do other than return the tank and get a new one, or simply purchase a replacement. I would not suggest attempting to use it, for obvious reasons.

Sorry to hear that, there's nothing worse than a wrench being thrown into the plans of a new setup. :( :(

SKAustin 06-27-2008 11:30 PM

You may be able to try Gorilla Glue, though I'm not sure it would be an effective fix. I'm going to have to agree with Matt. I would replace the tank. Consider it an expensive lesson learned, "never pick up a tank by its center brace."

willow 06-28-2008 04:57 AM

what a shame it can't be salvaged,
sorry the lads do not have better news for you. :(

SKAustin 06-28-2008 08:55 AM

The tank would still make a great Vivarium or Terrarium. 55 gallons would be a palace for a few newts or salamanders.

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