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Old 11/10/2017, 08:26 AM   #1
NanoReefNoob
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Bottom trim

Hey yawl,

I found a 150G with the bottom trim for sale for supper cheap and bought it. Is this bottom trim needed for any ki d of integrety to the tank or just for show. It is just the bottom brace that the tank sits on.


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Old 11/10/2017, 08:43 AM   #2
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I'd replace it. I've heard these guys are a good place to order from.


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Old 11/10/2017, 08:45 AM   #3
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That one concerns me a bit and I wouldn't use it as is without replacing the trim (fairly easy/cheap task)..
The bottom trim isn't so much structural but it does help alleviate pressure points on the glass,etc..
I would remove it and replace its functionality with a new trim or similar..


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Old 11/10/2017, 02:45 PM   #4
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I would change out the trim. It will help to even out the pressure the tank will be in when full


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Old 11/16/2017, 10:34 AM   #5
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I would remove it. As far as pressure points are concerned I would rather have the entire bottom of the tank sitting flush as opposed to 1/2" (If that) pressure points around the tank.


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Old 11/16/2017, 10:43 AM   #6
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Figure a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.. at 150 gallons that is 1248lbs.

Lets assume the tank in question is 24"H X 72"L X 18"D. If the tank were to sit with the entire bottom flush to the stand then the 1248lbs of water would be distributed among 1296in^2. So roughly a lb of water per square inch.

If the tank were to sit on a 1/2" trim outlining the bottom of the tank about 41in^2 would take a majority of the water load.


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Old 11/17/2017, 12:24 PM   #7
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I would not use a tank that was designed with a frame without said frame. There is a reason it was put on in the first place, and I have no desire to do a leak/stress test with 150g of saltwater in my living room.

Could it be just fine? Sure. Just not in my house.


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Old 11/17/2017, 12:47 PM   #8
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If it had trim, it needs the trim. I would absolutely have it replaced.


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