I've got either a 72 or 75 gallon, I believe and was told it was 75. Anyway, the center brace on the top frame is snapped and I would want to replace it. Does anyone know where I could find such a replacement? I checked www.glasscages.com and could not locate a bowfront style replacement. Just curious. I'll post a pic when I get the chance. The tank has been sitting in my garage for a couple years. Time to get it going.
I just had a similar issue with a regular 40 gallon tank that had long ago lost its center brace. One evening while I wasn't watching, the tank slowly leaked out about one foot of water. It didn't leak any more or have a catastrophic failure, but that was enough for early retirement.
I have another 40 gallon tank built with no center brace but apparently much thicker glass. No problems.
The tank that leaked seemed a bit flexible at the top when empty. Thus the brace was apparently more than just a decorative element. Maybe Gorilla glue and a thick strip of acrylic plastic will solve the problem.
I've also seen long aquariums with a thick glass center brace. If the glass center brace were attached with aquarium sealant, repair should be fairly easy. Suggestions will be appreciated.
That's the only reason it's in the garage. I didn't want to take the risk. Unfortunately, the way the brace is snapped doesn't make it possible to bridge the two connections with a piece of acrylic or glass. I tried that a few months back. The frame needs to be pulled and replaced. I'm learning the bow front frame is hard to find. I'm also learning by research that replacement of a frame could be a laboring task.
These small privately owned aquarium stores or companies that build aquariums according to a customer's specification, as a rule they also do fix any types of damages: glass & frame and center brace and etc.
I got a 55 gallon salt water fish tank from my friend, but the side glass is cracked and a frame is damaged.
I started looking who could help me with the repair, I went to a one aquarium store named Exotic Aquariums, - a small store with fishtanks, salt water and fresh water fish, decorations, plants, shrimps, frogs and etc, and the owner of that store , who is always there assisting customers, told me that they could help me. They are building aquariums, and she told me, yes, they can repair anything I want. The fish tank is still in the storage waiting for a severe MTS outbreak, but, I think maybe it is a good idea to ask at an aquarium store, usually, if they don't do it themselves, they know who does it and who could help ( because they are selling custom built fishtanks, of all possible forms and sizes and shapes ( different from standard fishtanks in Petco, Petsmart, etc) and they are getting them from the people who build them, whoever builds a new one can fix an old one). They can even give an idea how to fix , if you think you can fix it yourself, and sell you a part - even better as you don't pay for labor. Just an idea. Maybe it helps
Thanks. Yeah I'm just looking for the part which I estimate to be under $20.00. It's finding the part. I swear I seen it on glasscages.com but when I looked recently I couldn't find it. Gonna keep searching.
Upload a picture! That would still help for DIY fixes! In case you don't find a new trim ring, it would be good to have some DIY fix suggestions to fall back on. Trim rings are really hit or miss. I have an 80 gallon tank, trying to find a light in a 48 x 16 size, impossible, same with a trim ring. Bowfront might be an uncommon trim ring as well I think.
I'll take a couple photos over the weekend. It's currently in the garage soaking up dust and spiders.
I just replaced mine on my 72 gallon. Glasscages doesn't have one. I found one through pure reef. It was $46 after taxes. And it takes some time to do
whats the website for pure reef?
Yes purereef.com it's actually a store in atl ga but they got me one
I emailed glasscages and they no longer carry replacement frames for Bow front tanks.
Was it hard to do? My tank is 10+ yrs old. Brace broke lay night and it's making me nervous! Is it gonna explode from the water pressure?=/
This is an old post, but I'll respond to your response. I had this happen on an old 55 gallon straight tank I had. The plastic center brace busted in half. I just cut a piece of stainless steel sheet metal and screwed it across the center brace with some self tapping screws from home depot. This kept the front glass stable. It was still operating like this 5 years later when I sold it....
Cheap and easy.