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aqueon 54 gallon corner

Just bought a new tank, but haven't set it up yet. It's the largest tank I've owned and I was checking the tank out, especially the caulking.

The inside of the tank appears to be caulked just fine (albeit some of the caulk lines are a bit messy). However, looking at the bottom frame on the outside, there's a small gap between the frame and the glass.

One part of me says that's not a problem since the inside of the tank and all the joints appear to be caulked sufficiently (and in some places, more than sufficiently). But my worrisome nature isn't convinced.
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the silicone holds the tank together not the frame. I wouldn't be concerned.
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Once you fill that up, the downward pressure will pull that instead and the glass will probably bow a bit outward which will make that gap a lot less noticeable.

As long as the seams are all good and the plastic frame isn't cracked / broken anywhere, you are good to go. Always do a fill test outside on something level.
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great, thanks for the reassurances! that's one neat thing about the hobby: it's a constant learning exercise.
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the silicone holds the tank together not the frame. I wouldn't be concerned.
Thats not really true. The silicone holds the glass panels together. The frame basically holds the whole tank together and stops the water pressure from expanding the various panels away from one another.

But I wouldn't worry about what you're seeing there @aubie98. As already stated by @natemcnutty the pressure might cause that front panel to bow a bit and make that gap less noticeable.

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Thats not really true. The silicone holds the glass panels together. The frame basically holds the whole tank together and stops the water pressure from expanding the various panels away from one another.

But I wouldn't worry about what you're seeing there @aubie98. As already stated by @natemcnutty the pressure might cause that front panel to bow a bit and make that gap less noticeable.
I guess on a tank this size, yes, it needs support from the frame (or something else) to prevent too much stress on the seams. I've completely removed the frame from everything between 5-40 gallon tanks so far (though I did add euro bracing on the 40B), so it really depends on what you are working with.
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I guess on a tank this size, yes, it needs support from the frame (or something else) to prevent too much stress on the seams. I've completely removed the frame from everything between 5-40 gallon tanks so far (though I did add euro bracing on the 40B), so it really depends on what you are working with.
Well a tank designed and sold with a frame around it is not truly built to be run frameless. Sure it can be done (and yes its definitely not so risky on smaller tanks). But there is a reason you added that eurobrace on the 40!

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Well a tank designed and sold with a frame around it is not truly built to be run frameless. Sure it can be done (and yes its definitely not so risky on smaller tanks). But there is a reason you added that eurobrace on the 40!
Yeah, that's more what I was implying, but you worded it way better
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Thats not really true. The silicone holds the glass panels together. The frame basically holds the whole tank together and stops the water pressure from expanding the various panels away from one another.

But I wouldn't worry about what you're seeing there @aubie98. As already stated by @natemcnutty the pressure might cause that front panel to bow a bit and make that gap less noticeable.
I was less concerned with if the gap is noticeable and whether there was a possible issue with a bad seam and water leakage.

It doesn't seem like that's the case, so hooray!
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I was less concerned with if the gap is noticeable and whether there was a possible issue with a bad seam and water leakage.

It doesn't seem like that's the case, so hooray!
I suppose the risk is always there, but I wouldn't be too concerned with what you showed there.

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