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Rim on 55 gallon separating. Is it about to blow?

IndianaSam

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I assume that I’ll be spending the day cleaning this sucker out.

I confirmed with a level that the front glass is bowing out.
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Leffler817

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I have a 55 with a broken center brace in the middle, about where your lights are. I created a makeshift brace with JB Weld and metal brackets which lasted for several years. The tank is well over ten years old. My repair lasted for a few years then the frame separated similar to yours. It’s lasted at least two years and has been fine until two weeks ago when I found a puddle under the left corner! There is a slow drip coming from underneath the tank. It’s served me well but I’ve rehomed the fish and not replacing it. Lol I’ll have a metal 55 stand available.
 

Wet Sleeves

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I have a 55 with a broken center brace in the middle, about where your lights are. I created a makeshift brace with JB Weld and metal brackets which lasted for several years. The tank is well over ten years old. My repair lasted for a few years then the frame separated similar to yours. It’s lasted at least two years and has been fine until two weeks ago when I found a puddle under the left corner! There is a slow drip coming from underneath the tank. It’s served me well but I’ve rehomed the fish and not replacing it. Lol I’ll have a metal 55 stand available.
Leffler817 Leffler817 Double stand or just single?
 

IndianaSam

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. The fish and plants are out of the tank and I’ll be replacing it tomorrow.

I am really glad I caught it before any leaks happened! And this is a great chance to do some new aquascaping.
 

DiscusnAfricans

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. The fish and plants are out of the tank and I’ll be replacing it tomorrow.

I am really glad I caught it before any leaks happened! And this is a great chance to do some new aquascaping.
There’s a bright side to everything. Glad you found it and it is an easy transition.
 

Leffler817

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33, 55, 40 long are all 48" :)
Yep. The shelf is 48" long and 13" deep. The problem is there's only 18" between the bottom shelf and the bottom of the top of the stand. My 55 is 20.5" tall, therefore, it won't hold another 55. Anything less than 18" tall will fit.
 

JLW

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While I think this has been well answered, I'm going to just point something out. The frame won't break by itself. It has to be under some sort of sheering pressure, such as the tank expanding. Without the frame holding it together, that pressure is only going to increase.
 

IndianaSam

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I really appreciate you weighing in, Josh. I could have sworn that the tank was perfectly level, but you’d better believe that I’ll be double, triple checking the replacement. That’s six checks!
 
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