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50 Gallon Frame is Bowing, is this a problem?

I purchased my 50gal from Petsmart 3 months ago, and the top frame has been bowing in one corner. The rest of the tank looks fine, but only this spot, the plastic protrudes away from the class about 1/2 an inch.

I spoke with the warranty people, and they said they could probably get me a new tank from Petsmart. But he also mentioned that there shouldn't be any problems with this bowing, and that he wasn't concerened there was any glass problems or reason to think it might leak/break.

What do ya'll think? Is this safe? Will I have a 50gal swimming pool in my living room? Shall I go for the trade?





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I can't tell exactly what the "bowing" is, from the photos. Does it only show up when the tank is full? If so, I would be concerned. A half inch is a lot of bowing for that size tank. And, anything that moves at a corner is a lot more worrisome than something that occurs in the middle of a run of glass.

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I can't tell exactly what the "bowing" is, from the photos. Does it only show up when the tank is full? If so, I would be concerned. A half inch is a lot of bowing for that size tank. And, anything that moves at a corner is a lot more worrisome than something that occurs in the middle of a run of glass.
Looks like it is jsut the tank trim, I would get them to replace it just because it looks like crap personally. Frame mold was off or one of the glass panes is slightly out of square causing the frame to warp.

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if it is just the plastic trim is wavy along the bottom of it, that should be ok, but if the actual glass is bowing and causing the trim to bow, then you have a problem
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It's very noticeable either way, I'd have them replace it
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It's very noticeable either way, I'd have them replace it
Me too.

50gal of water can make a MASSIVE mess (most I've ever had to deal with is a 10gal tank fail on me, and that was bad enough!), and personally I'd sleep better at night being safe rather than sorry.





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I say replace it also. I don't think you should be seeing any bowing at all.


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Don't do the manufacturer any favors. Get it replaced. Better safe than sorry and who wants to look at it.


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If this was an older tank, out of warranty I would simply turn that to the back, it does not look to be so serious.

However, since it is still under warranty, get a replacement. If for no other reason than it gives the manufacturer a 'heads up' that something is not quite right on the assembly side of the business.
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Thanks for everyone's suggestions. Central Aquatics was the maker of the tank, and after a few phones calls with them, everything is figured out. Very professional people over the phone. They told me the process of going back through Petsmart for BOTH them and I would be too much of a hassle, so they are cutting me a check and directly refunding me. Good people, they stand behind their customers.

So anyways, now I have a refund, but I still have the tank. I don't want the tank to break on me, however, I can't just toss this 50gal in the trash either. Although it is very hard to tell (imo), but I really don't see the tank bowing/warping. I just think the frame in this particular top corner doesn't fit right.


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Pull the rim off and go get a drywall square and check the glass
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And also you can order new tank rims online
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Set that thing up as a terrarium.
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Set that thing up as a terrarium.
I was thinking the same thing. That or flip it around and do a riparium maybe.

Glad you got it settled though.


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So after watching yet more air bubble appear in the silicone, I decided it was time for the new tank. After 8 hours of foolings, I was able to complete the task.

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