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Old 12/31/2006, 11:30 AM
BeanAnimal BeanAnimal is offline
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You will be fine with the "U" shaped brace. There is no need to buy a new tank. If you want to strip off all of the trim and eurobrace it, that will work... but you "U" brace will also work.

Old 01/01/2007, 11:29 PM
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I would look into going with eurobracing as my first option or then with a glass middle brace. Glass to glass will be way easier than plastic and any glass shop will be able to cut to your measurements. then its just a quick trip to your local hardware store for some silicone.
Old 01/01/2007, 11:47 PM
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just get a replacement from all glass or whoever and spend the 45 mins replacing it.
Old 01/02/2007, 12:14 AM
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If its an all glass tank, contact them and get a new brace. I had to replace the brace on my old 65 because the halide was too close. I thinkit was like $20 or something like that
Old 01/02/2007, 12:21 AM
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If home depot sells acrylic, what glues do they sell for it?

How about pvc cement? What products do you se for glueing piping together?
Old 01/02/2007, 01:01 AM
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pvc cement dosent bond to acrylic very well. Lowes carrys a lexan glue. I dont think it works very well. I think you should either get a new plastic rim from all glass or remove the plastic all together and do the 2"-3" glas strips.
Old 01/02/2007, 01:08 AM
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I would not think the brace is acrylic, but rather a polycarbonatetype...

But even withstanding all that, they still sell the sheets of acrylic, what glues are they sellingfor that ???
Old 01/10/2007, 02:13 PM
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I fixed my center brace on my 55 using the glass method... I had 2 pieces of glass (acrylic would work too) cut to fit next to the broken brace. They are probably 4" long each. I put a nice bead of slicone down next around the brace, set the glass and then let it dry for 24 hours. The tank is cycling right now and looking great.
Old 01/10/2007, 04:56 PM
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Home Depot sells a handheld acrylic cutter for $5. I used it to cut 1/4" acrylic. It takes some time, effort, a good straight edge and a couple of good clamps but it worked well and was a nice straight cut.

You can probably take the tank to a glass shop and have them cut a single piece of glass to perfectly fit the top of the tank, then cut out the eurobracing like you find for acrylic tanks. Just be sure they smooth the edges, you don't want to worry about cutting yourself every time you reach into the tank.

Buy a tube of GE I Window and Door Silicon from home depot without bioseal, a caulking gun, and glue it on yourself.

This is probably not the cheapest route but it will be a great looking tank then and would be relatively easy.
Old 01/10/2007, 06:27 PM
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Btw, I made 13x 50G tank (48*16*16) of 1/4" thick glass, no brace.

You coud see 3/4" curve in the glass, held up fit
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