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replacing an aquarium brace.

Hey all. i have a 125g (72" x 18" x 21") aquarium. The plastic rim is slightly melted in the center brace from the previous owner. Im thinking about staging this without a canopy and i want a nice rim.

I priced a replacement plastic rim and potentially rebracing with glass.

For glass i was thinking of using three 18x3 braces across the top. If all the glass is 3/8", including the existing aquarium, Will this give enough surface foe the silicon to support the aquarium?
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Some people have successfully used glass to replace center braces.
Some of those braces have held for years while others popped off one side when the tank was filled and bowed.
How about a couple of (relatively) discrete metal braces that form some sort of light support?
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Metal would be ok, but i have no idea how to work/design with it.
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I have a 135 gallon tank that is 72"x18" and is 24" tall. I had the same problem with the center brace being broken. I removed the plastic brace around the top, then ordered 2 3x18" pieces for the corners and 1 5x18" piece for the center. I siliconed them in when I resealed the tank. That was a year ago and I havent had any problems. I made sure to get plenty of silicone in the seams and it looks pretty good and has held without a problem.
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Nilocg great to hear! Im going to price the same sized braces and see what it comes to. Is there a handy pick of the tank anywhere?

Thanks for the response!
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My brace started cracking after I put my styro background in. I repaired it with a bondo body repair kit. The kit came with some fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. So I just cut the cloth to shape and epoxied a few layers on. Its holding great.
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