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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2014, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Tank glass bowed !

40g 36+16by 15 I was making a mount for my led light not made for this tank and took some measurements. And the tank is bowed out almost a 1/2 inch in the middle and now that I look at it you can see the bow too.
If you push in on the middle of the tank at the top on the black rim you can see it move.

So my concern here is could this fail and break ?
Is it possible the lfs sold me a new reptile tank as a fish tank ?
Cant imagine its ok for this to happen! The glass to bow

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40g 36+16by 15 I was making a mount for my led light not made for this tank and took some measurements. And the tank is bowed out almost a 1/2 inch in the middle and now that I look at it you can see the bow too.
If you push in on the middle of the tank at the top on the black rim you can see it move.

So my concern here is could this fail and break ?
Is it possible the lfs sold me a new reptile tank as a fish tank ?
Cant imagine its ok for this to happen! The glass to bow
That is bad...real bad. I would return asap. That's just not acceptable IMO.
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That is bad...real bad. I would return asap. That's just not acceptable IMO.
Its been running for 3 months not so easy just to return unless its a must do.

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You could make a brace yet I would not trust the tank for the long run. Sorry, but IMO you should start planning for a replacement ASAP.
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I contacted Aqueon after I purchased my 29g. they responded and said it was natural with my tank and as long as the tank is level it wouldnt be a problem.The tank bowed 1/3 inch. So 1/6" in front and same in back. Even my Tetra 20g long has some bow in it. "Dollar Per Gallon Bow"

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i don't think they should bow at all.....and a 1/2 seems like a ton of a bow. its a new tank thats been up 3mon? that should be return/replaceable under warranty.

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I wouldn't sleep at night worrying about 40 gallons of water on my hardwood floors in the morning. Not to mention, the lives of the animals in there.

To me, it's not worth the risk.

I've been thinking about getting a rimless tank but this just cured me.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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I tore it down couldn't chance 40 gallons on my floor real bummer this tank was in the kitchen between the living room so it was a fun tank to watch while eating at the table.
Don't plan on replacing it, going to use the stand for some plants.
Still cant believe this tank booed that much.
Just glad I noticed.

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I agree with everyone here, something's not right with that, the brace should be providing support and if it's not it's bowing because the brace isn't doing it's job at least thats my opinion on it
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There is no center top brace on this tank

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Since the tank is empty and if you don't want to trust it the way it is just silicone in a glass brace. I'm going to do that on a 30g I broke the rim on. Heck Oceanic used the glass brace on their tanks for a while and my 75 has it from the factory. I'd have full confidence with a glass brace.

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Since the tank is empty and if you don't want to trust it the way it is just silicone in a glass brace. I'm going to do that on a 30g I broke the rim on. Heck Oceanic used the glass brace on their tanks for a while and my 75 has it from the factory. I'd have full confidence with a glass brace.
+1. put a 3/8 or 1/2 inch thick brace in there. Silicone it well. Let it cure. Refill tank!

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My mr aqua 17g is bowing a little on the back panel, it moves a little if I press it, and it's rimless too. My power filter is causing it to bow, Im just hoping not to give out.
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My mr aqua 17g is bowing a little on the back panel, it moves a little if I press it, and it's rimless too. My power filter is causing it to bow, Im just hoping not to give out.
If you have ever dealt with a flood 17g is a large body of water on the floor

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 03:45 PM
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Rimless tanks will bow some. My Mr Aqua low iron 17 gallon bows a little also, but it's not a ton.
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