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OscarSam
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)9:35    Post subject: Cross Bracing Reply with quote

I got a sweet deal on a used 55 gallon tank, stand and accesories combo last week, I get it home and take a closer look only to find the cross brace along the top frame is busted off and completely missing. After some investigation I head down to the glass shop and get a piece of 1/4x4x12" glass cut, slap it in the middle with some silicone and figure I'm all set. I wait a day and fill the tank up, pop! my brace is useless and the silicone does not appear to be of a sufficient strength to hold this glass in place.

Any ideas? Confused
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)10:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

how thin is the glass on this tank? a 4ft tank should not bow that much when filled with water. I would be concerned with a flood...

Is there black plastic trimon the top of this tank?
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)10:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes there is a black plastic trim or frame around the top of the tank, and the cross bracing was part of the frame.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)12:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to get a new frame. The plastic will be much more sturdy than the glass that you wanted to use for the bracing.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)13:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also buy a bit of plastic or plexi glass and epoxy it to the existing black trim.

Either way, I'd add some serious bracing, fill, then measure the bend in the front and back glass
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)16:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've added another brace, if this doesn't work I guess I'll have to try plexi and epoxy.


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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)18:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had my botom piece of molding brake I made a new bottom piece the whole thing out of wood 1/2 by 1 1/2 ich pieces cut to length nailed together then I siliconed it to the bottom of the tank turned out
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PostPosted: 2005.02.26(Sat)20:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

This definetaly works provided the silicone has adequate time to cure (24 hours)
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PostPosted: 2005.02.27(Sun)23:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would look at something a bit more along the lines of creating a new moulding along the top, to include the brace. my years in diesel mechanics quickly taught me not to trust silicone for anything other than a sealer, definitely not as a glue. it will probably not stand up and hold glass to glass under any presure like the bowing of the sides of the tank.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.28(Mon)8:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

BD that's a great point and you're quite right. My initial attempt involved a glass to glass bond and when the tank got 3/4 full it popped right off. This time I siliconed the glass braces right to the plastic moulding as well as the glass. It's been holding for a few days now with no problems, but it may still make a liar outta me yet lol.
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