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Help wanted modifying tank brace to fit hob filter

I've got a 17 gallon 2 foot 15' tall that i can't fit my aquaclear 30 on. I initially set the tank up with an internal filter but the noise is driving me so i purchased the aquaclear for both less noise and better filtration. It wasn't until i got it home that i discovered the bracing is in the way. The tank is a form of euro bracing i guess? I'm wondering if i could cut part of the brace to fit the HOB then run a cross brace to make up for the damage done to the eurobrace. I've drawn up a diagram to explain what i mean. Tank is 5mm glass.
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Is this an acrylic tank? If it is a glass tank you would have to cut the silicone adhesive that holds the brace in place, cut off some of it, then do a good job re-glueing it back on. I suspect the manufacturer found that that type of brace was necessary, so it would be risky to cut off that much of it. But, I also think the added cross brace would be adequate for restoring its strength. You would have to do that with the tank emptied of water or the brace might be a problem when you do empty the tank. (The stress on the brace would become compressive stress, and the brace could buckle.)

Wouldn't it be easier and better to switch to a canister filter?

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