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Center Brace for 40g long?

halak

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I picked up a 40 gallon long tank (48" long) which has no center brace. I cannot tell if there used to be one. Does anyone know if there is supposed to be one? If so, I guess I would need to get one just to be on the safe side. Thanks!
 

Marzo

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From Google search, looks like it comes with center brace. Does it have a brace at all? Maybe it was a reptile tank?

 

JLW

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Some of the very older ones will not have a centre brace. Probably not needed when they're that low -- back when they used thicker glass, anyhow. :)

You should be able to see where it would have been attached on the top. Also, is there a centrebrace on the bottom?
 

halak

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i just checked, and there is no center brace at the bottom. So, I don't think it's needed at the top then either.
 

FishEggs

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If the glass is really 1/2" thick it is an old tank and it didnt have a center brace. One is not needed for that size tank with glass that thick.
 

Freakgecko

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I would DEFINITELY leak test that thing lol any tank using .5” think glass has some age to it at this point
 

JLW

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I'd be less worried about a tank that old leaking than a brand new one off the Petco shelf.... :p
 

halak

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Okay, I have decided to get a different tank. I will post this one with stand, top, and light up for sale. Maybe I will check if it holds water first, however.
 

Freakgecko

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Okay, I have decided to get a different tank. I will post this one with stand, top, and light up for sale. Maybe I will check if it holds water first, however.
Why? Like Josh said, tanks used to be built way more solid than they are today
 

halak

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It seems that the tank should be resealed to make it safe, and I'm not up to that job. But if you'd like the tank, let me know. I paid $80 for the setup.
 

Freakgecko

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It seems that the tank should be resealed to make it safe, and I'm not up to that job. But if you'd like the tank, let me know. I paid $80 for the setup.
If the seems look fine, then there’s no worry. I’ve had a 4 year old tank leak before lol
 

FishEggs

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I have an old 75 gallon that I've had for 11 years and it was an old tank when I got it. Has much thicker glass than the new ones today. Never resealed it yet and have had no problems with it except for all the scratches.
 
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