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Urgent! How do I fix this?

I have an old 55gal tank. It has a 3/8 inch piece of glass that is at the top of the center of the tank for supporting. It just cracked from the heat of one of the lights. THe crack is "V" shaped and is complete separating the glass into two pieces. Can this be fixed, or do I need to get out the big wet-vac (as a precaution) until I can get a new tank?
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First lower the water level to reduce the pressure on the glass.

IMO you can do two things:

Remove the cracked glass by cutting the silicone. Clean up the silicone with a razor blade. Get a new glass from your local glass shop. Silicone it back in, and let it dry for 2 or 3 days before filling up the tank again.

Or, you could just silicone another piece of glass over/under the cracked glass.


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I have removed about 30% of the water and have clamps across the top. Unfortunately I can't find an open glass shop at this time on a Sat of a holiday weekend....isn't this always the case. Tuesday is the soonest I can get a replacement piece of glass. Do you think the claps will work until then? I will keep the water level low, I can reduce more if needed.
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You should be okay, as long as the silicone seams of the tank are in good shape and you leave the water level low.


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Thank You for your quick response.
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are you putting large pieces of wood under th clamps... so that preasure is evenly distrubuted.. to larger surfaces...

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My engineer husband has rigged up a wooden clamp that does distribute the preasure evenly. Thank you for asking. I feel that it is secure at this point. Tuesday morning I will be calling some glass shops to get a replacement to put in there and will get it fixed. I was certainly in a panic earlier. Feeling much calmer at this time. At least it happened when I was home and sitting right next to it to hear the popping noise. The lamp that we were using as a temporary fix until I get my florescent lights got too close to the glass and it got hot, expanded, and cracked. No more temporary fixes, my lights should be here next week.
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Wow, that's the first time that I've heard of a glass aquarium cracking under heat (I've heard and witness it with acrylic before). Hope that it will hold until you can get a replacement.

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