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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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I absolutely can't believe this. Getting ready to resilicone my 125 gal and...

as I'm doing the final prep and wiping down the inside joints with acetone, I hear three loud pops which turn out to be the top plastic frame splitting in three places. Two didn't separate so much and one did, although all three were all the way through.



This was the larger one. Tank is upside down on the stand.

So, just to be absurd I'll ask...is it possible to run a 125 gal tank with this type of damage, or does this cracked top frame necessarily need to be replaced? All three breaks were in the middle of the longer sections of the frame and none were too close to a cross support.

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I've been told my tank is an Aqueon brand. The glass measures exactly 18" x 72" and the top and bottom frames are two inches tall.

If it's at all possible to replace the top frame then I might as well do both. Anyone know where I should look to purchase these frame parts? Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 04:54 AM
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Don't run it without bracing. You can purchase new ones online.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 04:56 AM
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Take off the top frame entirely, go rimless and replace the braces with glass braces, not only will it look much sharper, if you do the braces correctly they will also be stronger
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You can pick up a used tank on craigslist really cheap. I'd compare that with the price of a new frame.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 02:06 AM
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Acetone will ruin plastic.

I would order a new frame online.

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Certainly something you should be concerned about. I just had a 55 split the frame at the cross braced and it was bowing almost 1/4".

glass cages sell standard size tank frames for $15. De-rimming a tank is surprisingly easy.
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Take off the top frame entirely, go rimless and replace the braces with glass braces, not only will it look much sharper, if you do the braces correctly they will also be stronger
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Do 6-8" braces. You'd have a hard time not coming out stronger if you did.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 07:51 PM
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I had an old 125G that I got from CL, I left it outside subjected to the elements of snow and heat for at least 3-4 years before setting it up at work.

This was mfg before they started using braces and with teh frame so brittle and split on both sides like your picture, it wasn't there to prevent bowing or did it bow for hte 4-5 months i had it running before I moved to another office where I hard to discard it. I left the original silicone and just applied more to where it was thin.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 11:57 PM
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Not sure where, but they're available. I had to do the same thing with my 55. I counted myself lucky that the bulge didn't grow into something worse. Be liberal with the silicone.
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