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Broken Center Brace

12 years 3 weeks ago #16797 by kali
Replied by kali on topic Broken Center Brace
wondering whats cause the center brace to broke like that ..i got the glass top and a kinda heavy light fixture sitting on top of my 210, make me a lil worried now when i read this thread ..

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12 years 3 weeks ago #16796 by nuth88
Replied by nuth88 on topic Broken Center Brace
;D

Knew you would like that on a Monday AM!

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"I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself."

(The Stranger - 6/1998)

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12 years 3 weeks ago #16795 by
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Like hell -

I dont fix.  There are always too many cheap tanks out there to deal with failed ones. 

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12 years 3 weeks ago #16794 by nuth88
Replied by nuth88 on topic Broken Center Brace
Drilling, No, 

Tank Drain, then order a new brace from your local pet shop, strip the other one off, then re-silicone and put into place, let cure, and if concerned, silicone again. I have done it twice and never had any issues. it's really a snap. IMHO, much easier and allows you to sleep soundly, frames are not something to mess with, and if jeff, has a better way to "build a mousetrap", then, that much the better!!

It is so easy, a caveman can do it.

Or even Girabaldi.......

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12 years 3 weeks ago #16793 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic Broken Center Brace
I agree with draining the tank ASAP.

I have replaced frames with mixed results. One time on a 30 gallon it was super easy, another time I was ready to throw out the tank and buy a new one.  Maybe Jeff and his super double secret way of removing a frame will help.  You can order a new frame from all-glass and they will send it out to you. I've done it twice. Let them now not to send it next day or they will and it will cost about $30 instead of $15.

Another thing you can do is redrain it and re silicone it. Let the silicone cure for a day, then drill 4 holes into the new plastic and old center brace, 2 on each side of the crack. Using stainless steel screws, washers and nuts, bolt the new plastic to the old brace. This will give you additional strength and prevent the bowing.


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12 years 3 weeks ago #16790 by aquaticclarity
Replied by aquaticclarity on topic Broken Center Brace
What brand is the tank (All-Glass/Aqueon, Perfecto, etc.)?  If it's an All-Glass/Aquon tank I can get you a new top frame and my super secret way of getting the old frame off easily.

I would personally not keep th etank up and running full of water without the center brace,  The glass is under a lot of stress when it is bowing and could break easily.

Jeff

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12 years 3 weeks ago #16789 by madzarembski
Hi All

I have a 55 (48x13x21) with a cracked center brace. I had siliconed it in place with a piece of plastic spanning the crack. Well, I have it filled about 3/4 the way up and the siliconed plastic gave way. The tank is bowed about 1/4 inch at the moment. What do you think? empy and dry some sort of super glue, don't worry about it the brace is there as decoration...

Madzarembski

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