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matt99eo
12/05/2008, 12:49 PM
Can I cut the center support out a bow front tank without causing any structural harm? No glass top will be sitting on the tank.

Guygettnby
12/05/2008, 12:55 PM
i personally wouldnt. they put them there for a reason and i have seen what happens to tanks that have them break.

spsfreak
12/05/2008, 12:56 PM
Personally I wouldn't. THat is a bit of glass jutting outward that IMO needs some support . If you want to the black portion gone for better light, cut out the support and then attach a clear acrylic support via weldon. I have seen a few people do just that on the boards here. Maybe someone can chime in that has done it.

GL

sailfintang
12/05/2008, 12:58 PM
Or just go rimless with your next tank.

sus
12/05/2008, 01:13 PM
Don't do it. I bought a 72 gallon bow front with a broken center brace, and even half full of water the front glass bowed a good half inch.

biger
12/05/2008, 02:39 PM
Isn't a bow front supposed to bow in the front?

sus
12/05/2008, 02:44 PM
good one
where the brace was broken, there was a 1/2" gap between the two ends of the broken brace.

billdogg
12/05/2008, 02:59 PM
it will work fine.


until the tank explodes and sends shards of glass everywhere.


DO NOT take out that support without replacing with something of similar strength (acrylic w/weldon as mentioned above

luv951
12/05/2008, 03:12 PM
I have a 155 bow and there are three center supports on mine. Are you talking about taking all three out? Just the center one?

If yours only has one...then you realllly should not take it out.

If it has three and you just want the middle one gone, it might not be a bad idea, but don't quote me on that.

aqua180
12/05/2008, 03:19 PM
dont do it, first of all if the tank was made for no center brace it would be thicker glass, its called brick construction when you order a tank with no center brace, my 180 oceanic is 3/4 thick glass insted of 1/2 to handle the extra stress without a center brace, you would be asking for a blow out, dont do it.

james3370
12/05/2008, 04:46 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13881617#post13881617 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by spsfreak
Personally I wouldn't. THat is a bit of glass jutting outward that IMO needs some support . If you want to the black portion gone for better light, cut out the support and then attach a clear acrylic support via weldon. I have seen a few people do just that on the boards here. Maybe someone can chime in that has done it.

GL

or do screws w/ wire pulled between to take up the force....like this:

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=13736561#post13736561

jackandstacey
12/05/2008, 06:22 PM
My brace was broken so I removed it. Worked fine for me until I upgraded.

bzotter
12/05/2008, 06:26 PM
I wouldn't risk it, water is a really heavy substance and a full tank of water will place a lot of outward force on the glass. That support is put there for a reason, I would leave it.

mc-cro
12/05/2008, 07:15 PM
I certainly would not do it. bowfronts have a bad reputation for busting seams and leaking as it is, fully braced.

matt99eo
12/05/2008, 10:58 PM
And the consensus is don't do it! Thanks for the input. I think I will deal with the shadow from 250w MH. Do bow fronts have a reputation to blowing out as mc-cro said?

Guygettnby
12/05/2008, 11:10 PM
i havent heard of that happening to to many bow fronts. every tank has there weak points and bow fronts just happen to have less of a surface that is actually glued together on the front pane.

i have actually only heard of this happening too 1 person.

DaveG99
12/06/2008, 12:29 AM
I had a 46 gallon bow front running for almost 2 years without a problem. but i got my tank free and it was already cut when I got it. I wouldnt recomend it

ordy1
12/06/2008, 03:50 AM
I have a 46 gallon bowfront and I am going to cut it out but leave two inch tabs on either end. I'm then going to drill a hole in each tab and attach a 2 inch wide piece of acrylic, to the tabs, with plastic screws.

I have a 55 gallon tank that lost the brace. Sounded like a loud pop when it went. Didn't realize that the tank had done that till the next day when I went to feed. Saw that the light hood was recessed about three inches and could see clear into the tank through the slot it had left. Emptied out the tank and attached a piece of acrylic. Problem solved.