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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Derimming a 46?-50? Gallon bow front

I am about to utilize an old bow front as a planted... My wife wants to buy a new aquarium,, which would delay my tank's fruition.
Can I take the top rim off to give it the clean glass look?
It does have a center brace; but to be honest it doesn't seem taught at all... Feels loose and flimsy. This is a petsmart tank... We bought it a year ago for our son. He has since upgraded.
Anyhow, would this be safe or ill advised?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 06:52 PM
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I wouldn't do it. I had a 30g rectangular tank missing just the center brace. The front and back glass bowed out at least a half inch. To risky in my opinion
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 08:18 PM
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Normally I'm a big fan of rimless aquariums but a bow front would be hard to to brace properly.

The bow front might make it more sturdy though. The brace will be 'loose' when the aquarium is empty

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Normally I'm a big fan of rimless aquariums but a bow front would be hard to to brace properly.

The bow front might make it more sturdy though. The brace will be 'loose' when the aquarium is empty
It's loose even when full
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 05:27 AM
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Just because the center brace isn't taught doesn't mean the rest of the bracing isn't necessary. Just keep that in mind.
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