will this plan work?
My plan would be to build a wood frame out of 1x1s, held together with screws and flat L brackets. I would attach a plexiglass center brace to it. This DIY frame would then be placed around the existing plastic frame and super glued to it.
This is for a 75 gallon tank, with a plastic frame that has cracks at all 4 corners, missing a couple sections along the back and side, and has a crack in along the front of the center brace.
Yes, I have looked into buying a replacement frame, but have been told by many sources they are specific to the brand of tank. I can't determine the brand of tank so here is the DIY idea.
Your basic concept looks reasonable, but I think using wood near the water line is asking for trouble. Wood fibers tends to swell and distort with changes in humidity.
But to be brutally honest, do you have any idea how much work it is to clean up water damage? It's a nightmare!
My LFS has 75's on sale for 85 bucks! I really think this is "false economy" and bordering on Russian roulette. If you were just using this tank in the garage as a minnow live well, I'd say "Go for it, who cares if the thing explodes!" But inside a home, this is a gamble I wouldn't take... But that's just me. I mean for less than the cost of a good canister filter you can replace the entire tank: I'd just do that rather than risking a repair job.
Be sure to post pics if you attempt the repair! :)
I would be finishing the wood with waterproof seal.
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