Removing center brace from bowfront aquarium?
I know this sounds a bit stupid, but has anyone ever removed their center brace from their bowfront aquarium? I believe that my 30g bowfront aquarium is made by All-glass (no manufacturer tag), and the glass thickness is approximately 1/8" thick. The black plastic trim along the top edge of the aquarium is in continuity with a center brace.
I will be removing my glass canopy, and changing to MH lighting (clamp on), so that I can experiment with an emersed plant setup. However, the center brace may block out some of the lighting, and it also interferes with the aesthetics of an emersed setup.
So, ideally I'd love to cut and remove the center brace, but I'm unsure in practical terms, whether this would affect the integrity of the aquarium. Any personal experiences (or structural engineers?)?
Thanks a lot.