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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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can I just pull off the top rim of my 55 gal.? It's already cracted.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 04:07 PM
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I wouldnt.
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FWIW, I was given a 55 with a crack in the middle brace. I tried filling in the bathtub, and the front, and back glass spread to about 1/2" wit the tank less than 3/4s full (as could be seen from the distance between the 2 pieces of brace).
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 04:14 PM
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Not a good idea. I wouldn't even do it on a 20g, much less anything any bigger.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 06:21 PM
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Absolutely Not! The rim and brace are there for a reason. You tank will certainly bow out and eventually you will have 55 gallons on the floor. You can take the rim off of a 5 or 10 gallon and some have taken it off of a 20 but anything bigger and you are asking for trouble. I had a 55 with a broken brace and it indeed bows bad. I tried to repair it and it still bowed. I have heard of people getting their lfs to order a new rim for them. I just bought a used tank instead.
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yeah a 55G will Deff bow a lot. I just replaced my top trim on mine(center brace cracked) left it 1/2 full the whole time. Its kinda a pita to remove the old frame. You can get a new trim from a couple places in black, not sure on the "oak" trims. They all are "perfecto" style.

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I vote leave it.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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I noticed that I see a lot of planted tanks without them. Looks nice. I see them in all sizes like that. how do they do it? I even saw a 130 gal. like that. My 130 doesn't even have a center brace, none of the old ones did. I'm a little scerd myself though.
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Those are custom made tanks with glass and seems that can resist the hydrostatic forces. Period.

i have seen people get away with it on a 10 gallon, but I would cap it at that.

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Yeah, 10 gallons is the max IMO. I have done it with a 10 and a 2.5.

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If you do it, PLEASE take pictures.

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If you do it, PLEASE take pictures.

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Before and after the flood.

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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LoL... Thanks for the comments guys. I know of a 55 that was missing the rim and it is still holding water 7 years later. I had an offer to buy it but I wouldn't trust it after moving it. It was a thicker glass than the one I got now though. The one I got now is a walmart tank and if you flick the plastic hard enough it breaks, no joke, did it.
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Glass thickness makes all the difference in the world. There are lots of tanks six feet long with no rim, but they have thick glass. Size matters
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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LoL. I notice my 130 gal the rim isn't even one peace, it's seamed with silley cone. lol. no cross brace. I'm afraid to fill it so it's a lizard habbitat.
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