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HELP, Just realized the 75g I bought doesn't have a centerbrace!

i bought this tank used a week ago, I have since cleaned it and I currently have it filled full in the laundry room to test for any leaks. The tank appears to look like brand new. silicon is near mint condition.

the glass is most definitely bowing though.

thoughts?!?!

measures 18.25inch at the corners and 19 inch in the dead center when full. I am worried about the amount of bowing but I have to assume this is meant to be or why wouldn't they have put a center brace on.

i would really like some reassurance on what should or should not be done here.

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I think I read somewhere that older tanks pre 1970's? didnt have to have center braces as the glass was thicker back then, but since you said its a newer tank I have no idea why it would not have one...


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its in great condition but i guess it could be older...

i have it filled with water now like i said and i am just so use to seeing pics with people tanks and center braces.
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was the brace cut off, or just not there?


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was never there.
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glass thickness is 5mm, does this help identify if this is a fish tank vs terrarium?
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If the glass is really that thin, I don't think it is meant to be used as an aquarium. I've never seen a 75G aquarium with glass that is thinner than 1/4" or 7mm and those tanks have a center brace.

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If cut and expoxied, the right piece of metal or other support material, in the right place, could work...but it's a risk. That would suck to come home to THAT mess one day :/
It might be worth just getting the correct tank so you don't have that worry looming over you and your tank indefinitely...

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Instead of metal get a piece of glass cut to 18.5 and silicone it in as a brace.

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Does it still have the trim on it? If it does it may be a terrarium and not intended to be filled up with water. If it does not have the trim on it, someone may have derimmed it, if that is the case you can get a replacement rim online, you may need to contact an aquarium manufacture but should be able to get one. Aquariums that are designed to be rimless are usually made with thicker glass than what would be used for the standard aquarium of the same size. You can try and add your own center brace like others have suggested, but if it is a terrarium the glass itself is not designed to hold back the weight of that amount of water so it would still be risky. I would not suggest using it as an aquarium. In my area there is a big market for larger aquariums for people to use for larger lizards, you could try and sell yours off and get something different.
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My 40b that was inspected in July of 2013 has obvious signs of its center brace being cut out. It has a definitive bow to it when full. With a 75g I'd be worried.
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forget "metal" or "a piece of glass cut to"
do it right and feel safe about the fix, rather then hacking it all up

used one of the 48x18 ($14) for a 75 gal! been fine for the last 5 years

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forget "metal" or "a piece of glass cut to"
do it right and feel safe about the fix, rather then hacking it all up

used one of the 48x18 ($14) for a 75 gal! been fine for the last 5 years

http://www.aquariumframeswholesale.com/frames
Actually my 75 has the centrer glass strip. Has it from the manufacturer so it's not a hack job.

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so......... what manufacturer is that?
the one who would silicone on a glass to glass, glass top brace?
how about a photo of your 75? this one with the manufacturer siliconed
glass top brace.
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All of these fixes sound like they're going to look super ugly.

Why not just drop the plan to make an aquarium altogether? Go with the cards you're dealt - make some other manner of vivarium! Paludarium? Shallow riparium?
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